Seismic Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Columns with Corroded Deformed Reinforcing Bars

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Title: Seismic Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Columns with Corroded Deformed Reinforcing Bars

Author(s): Caglar Goksu and Alper Ilki

Publication: Structural Journal

Volume: 113

Issue: 5

Appears on pages(s): 1053-1064

Keywords: assessment; column; corrosion; cyclic; deformed bars; ductility; reinforced concrete; seismic

Date: 9/1/2016

Abstract:
Existing seismic design and assessment documents do not contain detailed specific guidance on seismic performance assessment of existing reinforced concrete (RC) structures, which have suffered from corrosion. This may cause unsafe consideration of reinforcement corrosion and, consequently, misleading seismic evaluation of such structures. In this study, six columns were subjected to different levels of accelerated corrosion process (causing different levels of damage, from slight to severe) and then were tested under constant axial and reversed cyclic lateral loading. The original aspect of the study is the clear demonstration of the adverse effect of corrosion on drift capacity of the columns. Furthermore, based on the test results, a method is proposed for calculating the deformation capacity of RC columns as a function of corrosion level for reliable seismic safety evaluation.