In this informative report, the performance of galvanized steel reinforcement in concrete bridge decks is evaluated. Seven bridge decks were subjected to highly corrosive environments and were tested for durability. With five methods of evaluation,...
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HDG Reinforcing Steel
Reinforcing steel (rebar) is widely used in a variety of applications from bridges to reinforced buildings to enhance the tensile strength of the surrounding concrete. However, the addition of these strengthening elements can prove problematic for the structure if proper care is not taken to avoid corrosion. Because of the porous nature of concrete, moisture and road treatment chemicals can seep into the concrete, reaching the rebar within. When a project is constructed with a building material not able to survive its environment for the length of the design life, natural resources are needlessly consumed to continually repair and maintain the structure. In addition to the waste of natural resources, building structures that cannot sustain their environment can lead to hazardous situations. Accidents caused by corroded structures can lead to huge safety concerns, loss of life, resources, and more.
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