Performance of concrete patch repairs: From a durability point of view

Choorackal Avirachan Eldho, Steve Jones, Ominda Nanayakkara, Jun Xia

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Chloride contamination in reinforced concrete leads to the corrosion of steel bars. Concrete patch repairs are widely practiced as a remedial measure for the mitigation of such corrosion in reinforced concrete structures. The performance of the patch repairs was studied by various researchers in the past. The structural and material aspects of patch repairs have received more attention than the electrochemical consequences of patch repairs in past studies. But electrochemical changes could be the underlying cause for the failure of many patch repairs. This paper reviews the performance of patch repairs from a durability point of view. It covers the formation of incipient anodes, which are the new corrosion sites formed after a patch repair process. The prevailing corrosion mechanism at the incipient anodes is discussed. The performance of patch repairs when modified with corrosion inhibitors and sacrificial anodes is examined. The importance of the selection of repair materials from a durability point is highlighted considering the electrochemical consequences of patch repair.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event5th International Conference on Durability of Concrete Structures, ICDCS 2016 - Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China
Duration: 30 Jun 20161 Jul 2016


Conference5th International Conference on Durability of Concrete Structures, ICDCS 2016
CityShenzhen, Guangdong Province

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