Investigation on effect of aggregate on three non-destructive testing properties of concrete subjected to sulfuric acid attack

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Construction and Building Materials, 2016, 115 pp. 486 - 495
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© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. In order to investigate the effect of aggregates on the concrete sulfuric acid resistance, accelerated corrosion experiments were conducted with four types of concretes composed of coarse and fine aggregates with two different chemical compositions. All the concretes with the same water/cement ratio of 0.45, and the pH value was kept in the range of 0.93-0.97. With continuous monitoring of each concrete specimen, corrosion depth, mass loss, and dynamic modulus elasticity loss were calculated. The results showed that the dynamic modulus of elasticity loss can be regard as an acceptable indicator for evaluating the resistance of concrete to sulfuric acid attack as well as corrosion depth and mass loss. A regression model proposed in this paper could provide good predictions. Concrete with marble aggregates rich in calcium carbonate have better performances in sulfuric acid solution than that with inert aggregates. Effect of fine aggregate on concrete sulfuric acid corrosion rate is more significant than coarse aggregate in the term of corrosion depth, mass loss, and dynamic modulus of elasticity loss.
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