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Title: Methodology for Testing Rebar-Concrete Bond in Specimens from Decommissioned Structures

Author(s): Karin Lundgren* , Samanta Robuschi and Kamyab Zandi

Publication: IJCSM

Volume: 13


Appears on pages(s):

Keywords: bond, concrete, reinforcement, experiments, existing structures, corrosion

DOI: 10.1186/s40069-019-0350-3

Date: 7/31/2019

Mimicking natural deterioration in accelerated tests is challenging; a highly relevant alternative option is to use deteri-orated specimens from decommissioned structures. This paper describes a methodology to select and design tests of the bond and anchorage between reinforcement and concrete in such specimens, with the aim of providing general information, needed when developing methods for assessing structures in general. The methodology includes the following steps: (1) choice of existing structure for samples, (2) choice of test method, (3) design of test setup, and (4) design of test programme. Each step is discussed in detail and comments are made on considerations and challenges arising specifically due to the use of specimens from existing structures. As the scatter of test results is typically large, a suitable test method should enable a large number of tests by being robust, quick and affordable. It is recommended to keep track of the position of the specimens in the original structure, to document cracks, and to take samples also of uncorroded bars. These can then be used for reference in quantifying the corrosion level of corroded bars. This methodology is exemplified in the design of three test series on edge beams from two bridges; two series resulted in beam test setups and one in direct pull-out tests. The methodology described strongly highlights that careful investigations are required to design experiments which generate reliable data. Acquiring data from decommissioned structures will improve our understanding of the structural behaviour of existing structures and thus enable improved assessment methods.