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Volume 364, 2022International Conference on Concrete Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting (ICCRRR 2022)
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Concrete Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting - Service Life Extension: Methods and Materials|
|Published online||30 September 2022|
Current distribution and throwing power of galvanic cathodic protection with discrete anodes in reinforced concrete beam or column elements
SANACON bv, Ghent University spin-off, Nijverheidsweg 1/A, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium.
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Galvanic cathodic protection (GCP) of steel in concrete by means embedded discrete anodes is a commonly used repair method to reduce or prevent steel reinforcement corrosion. The design and efficiency of the system depends greatly on the corrosion activity of the steel reinforcement and electrical resistivity of the concrete. In this research, the influence of chloride concentration and cement type in the concrete on the current distribution and throwing power of GCP with discrete anodes is investigated for linear concrete elements such as beams or columns. Results show a high throwing power (> 500 mm) of the GCP system for concrete with a CEM I cement (low resistivity) and limited chloride contamination. For concrete with a severe contamination of chlorides (2 m% by mass of cement) or high electrical resistivity (e.g. by the use of CEM III/A cement), the throwing power is greatly reduced to values of 60 mm and 110 mm, respectively. Consequently, based on the 100 mV depolarization criterium (EN ISO 12696:2016), GCP with discrete anodes was found to be most efficient for concrete with relatively low resistivity and limited corrosion activity of the steel reinforcement (related to chloride concentration in the concrete).
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