Simplified Methodology for the Evaluation of the Residual Strength of Corroded Reinforced Concrete Beams

Steel corrosion in reinforced concrete (RC) structures leads to change of steel mechanical properties, longitudinal cracking in the concrete cover, and other related effects that weaken the serviceability and load capacity of the composites. It is therefore extremely important to have methods targeted to the evaluation of the structural damage induced by corrosion for estimating the residual load capacity of a structure, and then for inspection procedures and strengthening the maintenance interventions. This paper presents a simplified methodology capable of providing estimates of the residual life of corroded RC beams. The proposed method uses damaged material properties, and accounts for the length of partial corrosion and the amount of corrosion, concrete loss, and change of bond strength within this specified length. A comparison of the model predictions with the experimental results published in the literature shows the validity of the model. It is also concluded that the ultimate flexural moment of corroded RC beam will not significantly be influenced by the partially corroded or unbonded length and the bond characteristics over this partial length as long as the tensile steel of the beam can reach its yield strength. In addition, although complete loss of bond over the partial length is assumed to asses the residual strength of corrosion-damaged RC beam, neglecting the influence of bond strength within the corroded length may lead to underestimate the ultimate flexural capacity of the damaged beam, especially when the corrosion level of tensile steel of the RC beam is not very high.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Wang, Xiao-Hui
    • Liu, Xi-La
  • Publication Date: 2010-3


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  • Accession Number: 01154255
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 2010 4:26PM