Corrosion of Steel Bars in OPC Mortar Exposed to NaCl, MgCl2 and CaCl2: Macro- and Micro-cell Corrosion Perspective

In North America, corrosion of steel rebar commonly occurs due to chloride attack from deicing salts. In Canada, based on the severity and temperature of the ambient environment, 3 different deicing salts, or a combination of them, are used: NaCl, MgCl2 and CaCl2. In this paper, the effect of each of these salts on the corrosion of steel rebar and their impact on durability of the mortar are investigated. Results show that CaCl2 has the most negative effect on the steel and, in high concentrations, on the integrity of the mortar. MgCl2 also deteriorates the mortar if used in high concentration, while NaCl has no apparent effect on mortar durability even in high concentration.


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  • Accession Number: 01152770
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2010 12:26PM