In Europe, stainless steel rebars have been used since the mid-80s, whilst in North America, their use has been progressively growing only since the mid-90s. Due to their higher resistance to corrosion in comparison to ordinary black steel bars, they have been employed in a wide number of applications worldwide to achieve the durability performance of reinforced concrete structures, especially in extremely corrosive marine environments or when long service lives are required. In this paper, a state of the art on the corrosion resistance of stainless steel bars is reported. In particular, the contribution of Professor Luca Bertolini in this research field is considered. Initially, different testing methods are presented to point out their advantages and limitations and then the results on corrosion behaviour of different grades of stainless steel bars (i.e. austenitic, ferritic and duplex), obtained especially with tests in concrete, are analysed. Afterwards, some of the recent applications of stainless steel bars are illustrated.

Corrosion behaviour of stainless steel reinforcement in concrete

Lollini, Federica;Carsana, Maddalena;Gastaldi, Matteo;Redaelli, Elena
2019-01-01

Abstract

In Europe, stainless steel rebars have been used since the mid-80s, whilst in North America, their use has been progressively growing only since the mid-90s. Due to their higher resistance to corrosion in comparison to ordinary black steel bars, they have been employed in a wide number of applications worldwide to achieve the durability performance of reinforced concrete structures, especially in extremely corrosive marine environments or when long service lives are required. In this paper, a state of the art on the corrosion resistance of stainless steel bars is reported. In particular, the contribution of Professor Luca Bertolini in this research field is considered. Initially, different testing methods are presented to point out their advantages and limitations and then the results on corrosion behaviour of different grades of stainless steel bars (i.e. austenitic, ferritic and duplex), obtained especially with tests in concrete, are analysed. Afterwards, some of the recent applications of stainless steel bars are illustrated.
2019
critical chloride threshold; seawater; stainless steel; tests in concrete;
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