Evaluation of loading capacity of corroded reinforced concrete beams using experiment and finite element method

Thanh-Hung NGUYEN, Manh-Hien NGHIEM, Duy-Duan NGUYEN


The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the performance of corroded reinforced concrete (RC) beams using experiments and a proposed finite element (FE) model, which is able to consider the reduction of the reinforcement diameter and adhesion force. The developed FE model comprised of three main components including concrete elements, reinforcing bar elements, and adhesion elements, in which the plane cross-section hypothesis was adopted. Thus, the necessary number of elements in the model of corroded RC beam was greatly reduced, while the accuracy of the model was still ensured. An experimental test was employed to verify the developed FE model. The results show that the proposed FE model in this study is capable of modeling RC beams under corrosion effects. Additionally, the rebar diameter and adhesion force have a significant influence on the load-carrying capacity of corroded RC beams. Moreover, a series of experimental tests of corrosive RC beams including 1-month, 2-month, and 3-month corrosion levels was conducted for various exposed times to investigate the influences of the corrosion time on the strength of RC beams. It reveals that the effect of the corrosion time on the strength of RC beams show to be pronounced.


Corrosion effect; Reinforced concrete beam; Finite element model; Experiment

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