Report on experimental setup of anchor corrosion tests

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This report summarizes the experimental setup of anchor corrosion tests. Studied variables in the setup were degradation i.e. general, pitting, and stress corrosion; steel grade i.e. ordinary, galvanised, and stainless steel; anchor type i.e. expansion (wedge), undercut, and bonded (chemical, adhesive) anchors; exposure i.e. carbonated, chlorides, and stress state. Design and construction of the experimental setup started based on the literature study (WP3 Assessing steel liner and anchor corrosion, Task 3.1 Literature study - Corrosion of steel liners and anchors in concrete). Status checks of experimental setups and availabilities were carried out. The study raised the need to increase knowledge of steel anchors with respect to the chemical composition of the used materials.

The setup is focused on the chemical composition of steel material and anchor types used based on the received answers from utilities. Furthermore, the scope is especially on the propagation stage of corrosion. The test specimens are concrete prisms that involve loaded steel anchors all the time during the test. The corrosion experiments will be accelerated by various means, e.g., additions of chlorides, accelerated carbonation, wetting and drying cycle, in order to obtain detectable effects within the limited timeframe of the project. In-situ measurements will be conducted during the experiments, mechanical and structural examinations will be carried out after the experiments. The report presents the proposed progress of the experiments carried out in years 2020-2022. The details of the experimental setup, materials and methods are described in this report.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAalto University
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2020
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

NameAalto Research Report
PublisherAalto University


  • reinforced concrete
  • durability test
  • concrete cover
  • anchor corrosion
  • chemical composition

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