Given the widespread use of reinforced concrete in infrastructure, understanding the corrosion of this material is of major importance. As a result there has been a wealth of research into catalysts, inhibitors and effective means of monitoring the rate of corrosion. Corrosion of reinforcement in concrete: mechanisms, monitoring, inhibitors and rehabilitation techniques summarises some of the most significant research and its implications.

The book begins by reviewing findings from various experiments designed to test the corrosion rate of metals induced by a range of factors. Later chapters discuss techniques for monitoring and testing for corrosion. The book concludes by assessing important methods of prevention, including corrosion inhibitors, protective coatings and electrochemical methods for protection, together with rehabilitation procedures for susceptible structures.

Filled with practical examples and written by a distinguished team of international contributors, Corrosion of reinforcement in concrete: mechanisms, monitoring, inhibitors and rehabilitation techniques is an essential reference for civil engineers using reinforced concrete.

Key Features

  • Summarises research into catalysts, inhibitors and effective means of monitoring the rate of corrosion
  • Concludes by assessing important methods of prevention


Civil engineers

Table of Contents

Corrosion of metals in contact with mineral building materials; Corrosion and electrochemistry of zinc in alkaline solution and in cement mortar; Corrosion behaviour of galvanized steel rebars in the presence of coating discontinuities; Influence of scale and rust on steel activation in model concrete pore solution; The surface of iron and Fe10Cr alloys in alkaline media; Risk of galvanic corrosion induced by CFRP strengthening in reinforced concrete; Macrocell corrosion of steel in concrete – experiments and numerical modelling; Chloride-induced corrosion of reinforcement in cracked high-performance concrete based on laboratory investigations; Influence of stray currents on corrosion of steel in concrete; Assessment and monitoring of corrosion velocity of rebars and prestressing cables of a bridge; On-line monitoring of corrosion in reinforced concrete structures; Integrated system for corrosion monitoring of reinforced concrete structures; Use of portable equipment to determine the corrosion state of concrete structures; Corrosion inhibitors for reinforced concrete – an EFC state of the art report; Mixed-in inhibitors for concrete structures; Effectiveness of mixed-in organic corrosion inhibitors on extending the service life of reinforced concrete structures; Migrating inhibitors on corrosion in reinforced concrete; The effectiveness of corrosion inhibitors – a field study; Corrosion protection of steel rebar in concrete using migrating corrosion inhibitors; Determination of coating permeability on concrete using EIS; Chloride extraction from reinforced concrete – a new defined way of application; Microscopy study of the interface between concrete and the conductive coating used as an anode for cathodic protection; Protection of reinforced concrete piles in marine structures with sacrificial anodes; Renovation of the cathodic protection system of a concrete bridge after 12 years of operation.


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About the editors

M Raupach

Professor Michael Raupach teaches and researches at Aachen University, Germany.

B Elsener

Dr Bernhard Elsener works for the University of Cagliari, Italy and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland.

R Polder

Dr Robert Polder works for TNO Built Environment and Geosciences, The Netherlands.

J Mietz

Dr Juergen Mietz works for the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Germany.