Parthiban, G.T. and Thirumalai, P. and Ravi, R. and Saraswathy, V. and Palaniswamy, N. and Sivan, V. (2008) Cathodic protection of steel in concrete using magnesium alloy anode. Corrosion Science, 50 (12). pp. 3329-3335.

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Corrosion of steel embedded in concrete structures and bridges is prevented using cathodic protection. Majority of the structures protected employ impressed current system. Use of sacrificial system for the protection of steel in concrete is not as widely employed. The use of magnesium anodes for the above purpose is very limited. This study has been carried out with a view to analyse the use of magnesium alloy anode for the cathodic protection of steel embedded in concrete. Magnesium alloy anode, designed for three years life, was installed at the center of reinforced concrete slab, containing 3.5% sodium chloride with respect to weight of cement, for cathodic protection. Potential of the embedded steel and the current flowing between the anode and the steel were monitored, plotted and analyzed. Chloride concentration of concrete at different locations, for different timings, were also determined and analyzed. The magnesium anode was found to shift the potential of the steel to more negative potentials initially, at all distances and later towards less negative potentials. The chloride concentration was found to decrease at all the locations with increase in time. The mechanism of cathodic protection with the sacrificial anode could be correlated to the removal of corrosive ions such as chloride from the vicinity of steel.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Steel; Concrete; Magnesium anode; Corrosion; Cathodic protection
Subjects: Corrosion Protection
Corrosion Science and Engineering
Depositing User: ttbdu cecri
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2012 11:29
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2012 11:29

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