Effects of load-induced micro-cracks on chloride penetration resistance in different types of concrete
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|Publié dans:||Materials and Structures, 16 octobre 2020, n. 6, v. 53|
Chloride penetration resistance of concrete is one of the key parameters for the durability design of reinforced concrete structures located in chloride-bearing environments. In all the current available durability models, service life is evaluated considering concrete in uncracked conditions, which is rarely found in practice. This work investigates chloride penetration resistance of concrete in uncracked and micro-cracked configurations, evaluated in terms of chloride migration coefficient through non-steady state migration test (Rapid Chloride Migration test). Prismatic specimens were manufactured considering six different concrete types and two different times of curing. In micro-cracked configuration, cracks were obtained with a specifically developed loading procedure. Micro-cracks were characterized at the end of the exposure test, in terms of crack width at the exposed surface and crack depth. Results showed that cracks were 5–70 μm wide and up to 40 mm deep, always causing an increase in chloride penetration, that should be evaluated considering both crack width and crack depth, with respect to sound conditions. The effects on the chloride penetration seemed to be more pronounced on the more impervious concretes.
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