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Publication Citation: Modeling of the Influence of Transverse Cracking on Chloride Penetration into Concrete

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Author(s): Dale P. Bentz; Edward J. Garboczi; Yang Lu; Nicos Martys; Aaron R. Sakulich; William J. Weiss;
Title: Modeling of the Influence of Transverse Cracking on Chloride Penetration into Concrete
Published: April 23, 2013
Abstract: Concrete service life models have proliferated in recent years due to increased interest in designing infrastructure elements with at least a 75-year service life, along with greater emphasis on life cycle costing in general. While current models consider a variety of concrete material and environmental factors, at varying levels of complexity, in predicting the time until the onset of chloride-induced corrosion of the steel reinforcement, the influence of cracking is generally beyond their current scope. This paper presents a preliminary strategy for examining the influence of transverse cracking on chloride ion penetration into concrete that includes a graphical approach for adjusting the predicted service life provided by current models to reflect this influence. Comparison to experimental data indicates that the contributions of binding of the chloride ions by the cement paste play a significant role in slowing the ingress of chlorides and should be accounted for in any modeling efforts.
Citation: Cement and Concrete Composites
Volume: 38
Pages: pp. 65 - 74
Keywords: Binding, chloride diffusion, corrosion, service life, transverse cracking.
Research Areas: Concrete/Cement
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2013.03.003  (Note: May link to a non-U.S. Government webpage)
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