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Radhakrishna G. Pillai

Bio: Radhakrishna G. Pillai is an academic researcher from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. The author has contributed to research in topic(s): Corrosion & Portland cement. The author has an hindex of 13, co-authored 58 publication(s) receiving 688 citation(s). Previous affiliations of Radhakrishna G. Pillai include Texas A&M University & Indian Institutes of Technology.
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Yuvaraj Dhandapani1, T. Sakthivel1, Manu Santhanam1, Ravindra Gettu1  +1 moreInstitutions (1)
Abstract: The adoption of any binder system for structural concrete depends on the performance characteristics desired for addressing the long-term deformation and durability concerns. The major properties influencing the performance includes the shrinkage characteristics governing the long-term deformation, and durability characteristics related to various transport mechanisms, governing the performance in different service conditions. This paper describes the potential of Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) for use in structural concrete in comparison with Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) and fly ash based blended cement (FA30). Three types of concrete mixtures were designed for the study, two based on achieving an equivalent strength grade (M30 and M50 concrete grade) with each binder, and the third with equal binder content and w/b ratio. Mechanical properties such as compressive strength and elastic modulus, and autogenous and drying shrinkage, along with various durability parameters of the different concretes were assessed. Oxygen permeability, rapid chloride penetration, chloride migration, resistivity development and water sorptivity were the various parameters considered for evaluation of durability performance. The results indicate the superiority of LC3 binder over other binders in producing durable concrete, especially in a chloride laden environment. The major reason for the better performance was attributed to the more compact and dense microstructure of the system with the LC3 binder against OPC and FA30. The drying shrinkage performance was seen to be similar for concrete with all three binders.

114 citations

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Abstract: This paper presents data on the chloride diffusion coefficient (Dcl), ageing coefficient (m) and chloride threshold (Clth) related to seven concrete mixes (four M35 and three M50) with OPC, OPC + PFA (pulverised fuel ash) and limestone-calcined clay cement (LC3). Using these, the service lives of a typical bridge pier and girder with the PFA and LC3 concrete were found to be much higher than those with OPC concrete of similar strength. From life-cycle assessment, the CO2 footprint of PFA and LC3 concrete were found to be significantly lower than those of OPC concrete of similar strength. Further, the CO2 emissions per unit of concrete per year of estimated service life, as a combined indicator of service life and carbon footprint, are similar for concrete with PFA and LC3, which are much lower than that with OPC.

51 citations

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Abstract: Deicing and anti-icing salts and seawater are the main sources of chloride ions that cause the corrosion of steel reinforcement embedded in reinforced concrete (RC) bridge and marine structures. This article reports on a study undertaken to evaluate the influence of the steel reinforcement surface condition on the corrosion performance. In the study, the critical chloride threshold values of five uncoated steel reinforcement types (ASTM A 706, ASTM A 615, microcomposite, stainless steel 304, and stainless steel [SS] 316LN) with as-received and polished surface conditions were quantitatively determined using the accelerated chloride threshold (ACT) test procedure. Micrographs of the surfaces (characterizing the mill scale and surface topography) for all steel reinforcement types were obtained using both optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results showed that the mean critical chloride threshold values increased with the complete removal of the as-received surface and with surface polishing for the ASTM A 706, microcomposite, and stainless steel 304 reinforcements. In addition the mean critical chloride threshold values decreased with the complete removal of the as-received surface and with surface polishing of the ASTM A 615 and SS316LN steels. The authors conclude that removal of the mill scale on the microcomposite steel reinforcement showed a significant improvement in the critical chloride threshold and removal of this mill scale may be economically justified.

51 citations

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Ueli Angst1, Mette Rica Geiker2, Maria Cruz Alonso3, Rob B. Polder4  +18 moreInstitutions (19)
Abstract: The steel–concrete interface (SCI) is known to influence corrosion of steel in concrete. However, due to the numerous factors affecting the SCI—including steel properties, concrete properties, execution, and exposure conditions—it remains unclear which factors have the most dominant impact on the susceptibility of reinforced concrete to corrosion. In this literature review, prepared by members of RILEM technical committee 262-SCI, an attempt is made to elucidate the effect of numerous SCI characteristics on chloride-induced corrosion initiation of steel in concrete. We use a method to quantify and normalize the effect of individual SCI characteristics based on different literature results, which allows comparing them in a comprehensive context. It is found that the different SCI characteristics have received highly unbalanced research attention. Parameters such as w/b ratio and cement type have been studied most extensively. Interestingly, however, literature consistently indicates that those parameters have merely a moderate effect on the corrosion susceptibility of steel in concrete. Considerably more pronounced effects were identified for (1) steel properties, including metallurgy, presence of mill scale or rust layers, and surface roughness, and (2) the moisture state. Unfortunately, however, these aspects have received comparatively little research attention. Due to their apparently strong influence, future corrosion studies as well as developments towards predicting corrosion initiation in concrete would benefit from considering those aspects. Particularly the working mechanisms related to the moisture conditions in microscopic and macroscopic voids at the SCI is complex and presents major opportunities for further research in corrosion of steel in concrete.

50 citations

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Ueli Angst1, Bernhard Elsener2, Claus K. Larsen3, Claus K. Larsen1  +1 moreInstitutions (3)
Abstract: Chloride induced corrosion as the major cause for degradation of reinforced concrete has been the subject of great research efforts over the last fifty years. The present literature review summarises the state of the art by presenting the concept of the critical chloride content, discussing influencing factors, and assessing available measurement techniques. A large number of published chloride threshold values together with the respective experimental details are collected. While today's experience is mostly based on Portland cement, more modern studies with non-traditional binders often reported contradictory results. The present literature evaluation highlights the strong need for a practice-related test method, and, in this regard, focuses especially on experimental procedures by discussing advantages and drawbacks of methods and setups. It clearly emerges that many of the setups used to determine critical chloride contents are not suited to give realistic results.

800 citations

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Abstract: The author details the reactions of various concretes on steel reinforcement. Although portland cements, slag cements and high alumina cements are all hydraulic binders, each possess special properties which are examined. The discussion of causes and methods of preventing the corrosion of steel reinforcement covers such aspects as galvanised steel reinforcement, effects of concrete composition, corrosion of steel reinforcments in concrete and prestressed reinforcement. It is concluded that the most significant influences on the corrosion of prestressing wire in concrete are: the presence of chloride; the presence of nitrates; the composition of the concrete; the degree of carbonation of the concrete; concrete compaction and, chlorides and sulphates should be used as far as possible when steel is embedded. (TRRL)

524 citations

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Ki Yong Ann1, Ha-Won Song1Institutions (1)
Abstract: The steel rebar inside reinforce concrete structures is susceptible to corrosion when permeation of chloride from deicing salts or seawater results in the chloride content at the surface of the steel exceeding a chloride threshold level (CTL). The CTL is an important influence on the service life of concrete structures exposed to chloride environments. The present study discusses the state of art on the CTL for steel corrosion in concrete, concerning its measurement, representation, influencing factors and methods to enhance the CTL. As the CTL values reported in the majority of previous studies were varied with experimental conditions, corrosion initiation assessment method, the way in which the CTL was represented, direct comparison between the results from different sets and evaluation was subjected to the difficulty. As a result, total chloride by weight of cement or the ratio of [Cl−]:[H+] is the best presentation of CTL in that these include the aggressiveness of chlorides (i.e. free and bound chlorides) and inhibitive nature of cement matrix. The key factor on CTL was found to be a physical condition of the steel–concrete interface, in terms of entrapped air void content, which is more dominant in CTL rather than chloride binding, buffering capacity of cement matrix or binders. The measures to raise the CTL values using corrosion inhibitor, coating of steel, and electrochemical treatment are also studied.

418 citations

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