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Title: Corrosion development of carbon steel grids and shear connectors in cracked composite beams exposed to wet-dry cycles in chloride environment
Authors: Xue, W
Chen, J
Xu, F 
Jiang, AY
Keywords: Corrosion
Cross-section loss
Shear connectors
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
Source: Materials, Apr. 2018, v. 11, no. 4, 479 How to cite?
Journal: Materials 
Abstract: The corrosion development of the reinforcement and shear stud connectors in the cracked steel-concrete composite beams under the salt-fog wet-dry cycles is presented in this investigation. Seven identical composite beams with load-induced concrete cracks were exposed to an aggressive chloride environment. The reinforcement and shear connectors were retrieved after specimens underwent a specified number of wet-dry cycles to obtain the corrosion pattern and the cross-section loss at different exposure times and their evolutions. The crack map, the corrosion pattern and the cross-section loss were measured and presented. Based on the experimental results, the influence of crack characteristics, including crack widths, orientations and positions on the corrosion rate and distribution, were accessed. Moreover, the effects of the connecting weldments on the corrosion initiations and patterns were analyzed. It was shown that the corrosion rate would increase with the number of wet-dry cycles. The characteristics of load-induced cracks could have different influences on the steel grids and shear stud connectors. The corrosion tended to initiate from the connecting weldments, due to the potential difference with the parent steel and the aggressive exposure environment, leading to a preferential weldment attack.
EISSN: 1996-1944
DOI: 10.3390/ma11040479
Rights: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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