Performance of Concrete in a Harsh Marine Environment for 25 Years
Edward (Ted) Moffatt, Michael Thomas and Andrew Fahim
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marine exposure, chloride penetration, corrosion, durability, supplementary cementing materials, permeability, service life prediction
In 1978, the Canadian Centre of Mineral and Energy Technology (CANMET) initiated a longterm study to determine the performance of concrete in a marine environment. Between 1978 and 1994, over three hundred prisms as part of 14 different experimental phases were placed at the mid-tide level at the Treat Island exposure site. Treat Island is an outdoor exposure site operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and lies in the Passamaquoddy Bay, part of the Bay of Fundy, near the town of Eastport in Maine. Following 25 years of exposure, the blocks were retrieved after being exposed to tidal conditions representing approximately 18,250 cycles of wetting and drying, and 2,500 cycles of freezing and thawing. This paper presents the durability performance of concrete from several phases of the CANMET study. This includes concrete incorporating various levels of supplementary cementing materials (up to 80% by mass of cementing material in some cases), with normal density and light-weight aggregate. The paper also compares output from the service-life model Life-365 with experimental chloride profile data. The results indicate the efficacy of SCMs in increasing the concrete resistance to chloride penetration. However, use of very high levels of these materials was found to render the concrete more susceptible to surface scaling. The results also showed that Life-365 model can predict chloride penetration adequately with very simple inputs.