Corrosion and its Consequences for Reinforced Concrete Structures

Structures Durability in Civil Engineering SET Coordinated by Christian La Borderie and Alain Sellier

Corrosion and its Consequences for Reinforced Concrete Structures

Raoul François, INSA Toulouse, France
Stéphane Laurens, INSA Toulouse, France
Fabrice Deby, Toulouse IUT, France

ISBN : 9781785482342

Publication Date : December 2017

Hardcover 232 pp

130 USD



This book serves as an indispensable guide for engineers, scientists and researchers, exploring the fundamental aspects of corrosion in reinforced concrete. Its originality lies in the coupling between the reinforcement corrosion of reinforced concrete and its mechanical behavior.

The authors describe the specific theoretical foundations of the corrosion of steel in concrete and its interactions with the structural aspects, including service cracking and defects in the placement of concrete. The book contains a study of the mechanisms of degradation of the mechanical behavior of reinforcements and the reinforced concrete composite, such as reduction of ductility, bearing capacity, redistribution of efforts by formation of plastic hinges and increase in the beam deflection in service.

A diagnostic method based on corrosion-induced crack detection is presented in the book, and then paired with a recalculation method which allows us to predict the different aspects of the residual mechanical behavior. Several end-of-life ELS and ELU criteria are described, and the authors propose an approach to estimate the residual lifetime. Finally, the book presents the cathodic protection that allows the progression of corrosion to be contained within the corroded structures.

As well as academics, this book is aimed at civil engineers who are faced with the issue of corrosion in aging structures.


1. Steel Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete.
2. Scale and Structural Effects on the Corrosion of Reinforced-Concrete Reinforcements.
3. Which Parameter to Quantify Corrosion Intensity?
4. In situ Corrosion Diagnosis.
5. Effects of Reinforcement Corrosion on the Mechanical Behavior of Reinforced Concrete.
6. Prediction of Bearing Capacity and Behavior in Service of Corroded Structures.
7. Predicting the Service Life of Structures.
8. Repair and Maintenance of Reinforced-Concrete Structures.

About the authors

Raoul François is Professor at INSA Toulouse, France where he conducts research in the field of corrosion of reinforced concrete. He is certified Level 3 in cathodic protection for the concrete industry.

Stéphane Laurens is a lecturer at INSA Toulouse, France. His research focuses on the modeling of steel corrosion in reinforced concrete and the associated measurement and maintenance techniques.

Fabrice Deby is a lecturer at Toulouse IUT, France. He works on the development of diagnosis techniques for assessing the corrosion state of reinforcing steel in concrete.