Corrosion of Steel in Concrete: Prevention, Diagnosis, Repair

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Luca Bertolini, Bernhard Elsener, Pietro Pedeferri, Rob B. Polder
Wiley, Feb 23, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 392 pages
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Reinforced concrete has been developed and applied extensively in the 20th century .It combines the good compressive strength of concrete with the high tensile strength of steel and has proven to be successful in terms of structural performance and durability. However, there are instances of premature failure of reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete components due to corrosion of the reinforcing steel with very high economic implications of such damage. This book focuses on the chloride and carbonation induced corrosion of steel in concrete, presenting transport mechanisms and electrochemical concepts. Other types of corrosion of steel and degradation of concrete are also treated. The main emphasis lies on design and execution aspects related to durability of new and existing structures. New methods and materials for preventative measures, condition assessment and repair techniques are discussed. This makes this book an invaluable reference for any engineer and materials scientist involved in research and practice of corrosion protection, rehabilitation and maintenance of reinforced concrete structures and components. Owners, designers and contractors will profit by this updated state of the art.

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About the author (2004)

Luca Bertolini, PhD in electrochemical engineering, is Associate Professor of Construction Materials at the Technical University of Milan. His research work is mainly related to studying the prperties of construction materials, with special emphasis on the durability of reinforced concrete structures.

Bernhard Elsener, a materials scientist and PhD in corrosion, is Professor for Materials Science at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Cagliari (Italy) and a lecturer at ETH Zurich. He is an internationally well-known expert on the durability of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. His extensive research work and numerous publications focus on non-destructive methods to detect and quantify corrosion, the use of new electrically isolated post-tensioning tendons and electrochemical restoration techniques.

Pietro Pedeferri, a graduate in chemical engineering and former professor of Electrochemistry at University of Bari, has been professor of Corrosion and protection of materials at the Technical Univer sity of Milan since 1983. Over the last 15 Years his work has been mainly concerned with the corrosion of steel in concrete, and he has published more then 300 papers and a dozen books in  the field of corrosion and materials technology.

Rob B. Polder, PhD in Chemistry, is a materials scientist at TNO Building and Construction Research, an independent research and consultancy organization. He is the Chairman of European Action COST 534 "New materials and systems for prestressed concrete structures" and a member of several national and international research committees on durability of concrete. The main focus of his work is on the corrosion of steel  in concrete, from the prediction and detection to prevention and correction, including electrochemical methods.

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