Samples of new and 70year old pre-corroded OPC concrete were exposed for up to 48months in 6 sewers throughout Australia. Corrosion losses at each site followed the bi-linear trend originally proposed by Wells and Melchers . During an initial phase (lasting <2years) negligible loss of material occurs however once the surface pH=6 losses commence and accumulate linearly at a rate that is likely to remain constant over time. Corrosion rates were found to be sensitive to humidity but insensitive to concrete alkalinity. A first pass model which predicts the rate of concrete sewer pipe corrosion from a knowledge of local average sewer gas temperature, humidity and H2S concentrations was also developed. The equation predictions were in good agreement with rates determined from field observation and historical data.
Cement and Concrete Research – Elsevier
Published: Nov 1, 2015
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