Design and evaluation of service life through concrete electrical resistivity

Carmen Andrade

Abstract


This paper describes the use of concrete electrical resistivity as durability performance parameter and the complementary information that resistivity can provide like: setting period, mechanical strength and degree of curing. Also, it is explained how to design the concrete mix to obtain a target resistivity. Current codes have prescriptive requirements for the durability of concrete and reinforcement corrosion. However, modern trends specify the performance rather than the concrete characteristics. This performance approach demands to define a durability controlling parameter, such as the chloride diffusion coefficient, with its corresponding test and the model to predict the time to steel corrosion.


Keywords


concrete electrical resistivity; durability performance; chloride diffusion coefficient

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21041/ra.v8i3.349

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