MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 289, 2019Concrete Solutions 2019 – 7th International Conference on Concrete Repair
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||NDT and Diagnosis of Problems|
|Published online||28 August 2019|
New warning sensors to detect corrosion risk in reinforced concrete
Cercle des Partenaires du Patrimoine, 29 rue de Paris, 77420 Champs-sur-Marne, France
2 Laboratoire de Recherche des Monuments Historiques, 29 rue de Paris, 77420 Champs-sur-Marne, France
3 Bouygues Travaux Publics, Pôle Ingénierie Matériaux, 78114 Magny-les-Hameaux, France
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Corrosion is the most frequent but also the most deleterious deterioration mechanism affecting reinforced concrete. In addition to the economic impact of the repair works, for historical concrete structures, corrosion can generate irreversible losses of original material of great cultural value. If the usual non-destructive electrochemical methods have highlighted their efficiency in evaluating on-going corrosion activity, they also have pointed out their drawbacks for accurate extrapolation and prevention. To prevent the corrosion phenomenon, by detecting the penetration of aggressive agents, a new warning sensor system has been developed. The principle of the technique is to embed thin metallic sheets (called orphan blades) in the concrete cover, at different distances from the surface to the reinforcing bars. Then the corrosion of those very reactive orphan blades is followed during the propagation of the carbonation front and/or the penetration of chloride ions using stimulated infrared thermography. The corrosion of the sensors at different depths is indicative of the ingress speed of the front and can alert about the risk of corrosion of reinforcing bars in the concrete. The purpose of this study is to present this new technique and the first results obtained in the laboratory on corroded and non-corroded sensors.
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