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Evaluation of Two Corrosion Inhibitors Using Two Surface Application Methods for Reinforced Concrete Structures
Stephen R. Sharp
Stephen R. Sharp
Year: 2004
VTRC No.: 05-R16
Abstract: This study investigated the use of penetrating corrosion inhibitors to extend the life of existing reinforced concrete bridge decks. The use of assisted (vacuum/pressure injection) and unassisted (diffusion) treatment methods and two inhibitors were evaluated. The inhibitors were FerroGard 903, from Sika Corp., and TPS-II, from Surtreat International. Testing was performed on exposure slabs with 15 lb/yd3 of NaCl in the top layer and no NaCl in the bottom layer. The slab design was a variation of the specimen design provided in ASTM G109, with each slab containing nine steel reinforcing rods instead of three. The exposure slabs had either a uniform cover over the top pieces of steel or an inclined cover over the steel. TPS-II was also evaluated on the deck of a bridge in Orange County, Virginia. The study found that when applied to the concrete surface, neither inhibitor penetrated the concrete to reach the steel reinforcement. The vacuum/pressure injection method showed promise but requires refinement. In addition, based on macro-cell measurements, a sufficient quantity of inhibitor can be injected into the concrete to reduce the charge passed.