Experimental Study on Anode Life and Effective Distance of Sacrificial Cathodic Protection in Reinforced Concrete
Keywords:Reinforcement, corrosion, cathodic protection, reinforced concrete, chlorides
The purposes of this study were to examine influences of concrete quality and environmental severity on anode life and to determine effective distance of sacrificial cathodic protection in reinforced concrete. 100 x 100 x 400 mm3 concrete beams embedded with a reinforcement at distance of 25 mm from top surface were prepared and sacrificial zinc anode plates were attached on top surface of specimens. 700 x 700 x 75 mm3 concrete slabs embedded with reinforcement mesh of 150 mm spacing were prepared and sacrificial anode were attached on top surface of concrete slabs at lower-left corner. The concrete beams and slabs were then exposed to wet-dry cycle and impressed voltage corrosion accelerations. The anode life was determined by time taken for total consumption of anode in concrete beams and the effective distance was determined by distance influenced by polarization effect of sacrificial anode in concrete slabs. Time taken for total consumption of anode and polarization effect were interpreted from corrosion potential data conducted in accordance with the ASTM C876. As a result, the anode life increased with increasing of concrete quality and decreased with increasing of the environmental severity. The effective distance was approximately 500-600 mm from the anode-installed position.
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