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Title: Comprehensive Approach to Calculate Oxygen Diffusivity of Cementitious Materials Considering Carbonation

Author(s): In-Seok Yoon

Publication: IJCSM

Volume: 12


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Keywords: service life, oxygen diffusivity, carbonation, porosity, micro-structure.

DOI: 10.1186/s40069-018-0242-y

Date: 2/28/2018

Oxygen diffusion would not be important for healthy concrete. Once concrete is carbonated, however, oxygen diffusion is very crucial to lead reinforcement corrosion. Therefore, oxygen is always a potential threat of reinforcement corrosion in concrete and oxygen diffusivity is a material parameter for service life determination and durability designing of the concrete. One of the simple approaches is to express the oxygen diffusivity of concrete by a multi-factor function, however, the influences of various factors on the oxygen diffusivity are still ambiguous. The purpose of this study is to establish a simple approach to calculate the oxygen diffusivity of (non)carbonated cementitious materials, which should be defined based on engineering and scientific knowledge of cement and concrete materials. A lot of parameters affecting the oxygen diffusivity, such as the diffusivity in air, tortuosity, micro-structural properties of hardened cement paste, volumetric fraction of aggregate, are taken into consideration for cementitious materials. For carbonated cementitious materials, reduced porosity due to carbonation is considered for the oxygen diffusivity.