A simplified procedure for the assessment of corrosion affected RC elements

M. Imran Rafiq, Alexandros Kallias

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A methodology is presented for the assessment of corroding reinforced (RC) beams using two dimensional finite element analysis (FEA). A sample number of experimentally tested, corroded beams found in literature are modelled and analysed using the FE program DIANA. Comparisons are made on the basis of, (a) Global structural response, i.e. load - deflection curves and (b) damage sequence, i.e. steel yielding, concrete crushing, etc. Non-linear behaviour of the concrete is described using a standard rotating smeared crack model based on a Fracture Mechanics approach. The main effects of corrosion are identified and modelled in the FE analysis. Particular emphasis has been given to the modelling of bond and its deterioration due to reinforcement corrosion. The results are found to be in good agreement with the experimental studies. The importance of considering the main effects of corrosion in the assessment of damaged RC structures is confirmed and some research needs within the area are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Concrete Communications 2008
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventConcrete Communications Conference - Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …


ConferenceConcrete Communications Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period1/01/08 → …

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    Rafiq, M. I., & Kallias, A. (2008). A simplified procedure for the assessment of corrosion affected RC elements. In Proceedings of Concrete Communications 2008