Background: Corrosion monitoring in other words the health checkup of civil infrastructures is an
essential survey required for maintaining the service life of concrete structures. In order to avoid the catastrophic
failures, corrosion monitoring and effective additional protective measures must be undertaken at the
initial stage itself. The in situ corrosion monitoring techniques provide information on the state of condition of
reinforcement rods and concrete. For concrete, concrete resistivity measurements, and in situ strength by ultrasonic
pulse velocity measurements are discussed. For embedded steel, techniques (i) for identifying corrosion
pits and cracks by acoustic emission (ii) for identifying grouted and non-grouted portions of pre stressed steel
by radiography (iii) corrosion rate of embedded steel by linear polarization resistance and potentiostatic pulse
technique are discussed. Cyclic polarization and potentio dynamic polarization tests were conducted to characterize
and evaluate MnO2 sensors. The half-cell potential of MnO2 in concrete is found to be +200 mV Vs SCE.
The potential of embedded steel with reference to MnO2 are -315 mV and -525 mV for non-corroding and corroding
conditions of embedded steel in concrete. Rebar potential sensors and corrosion rate monitoring probe
sensors were embedded in real concrete structures for long-term corrosion monitoring studies. The sensor materials
provide information on the corrosion condition of embedded steel during the service life of structures. Corrosion
monitoring techniques identify the corrosion hot spot areas; so that repairs and rehabilitation work can be
carried out at the right time before substantial damage / collapse occurs in the existing concrete bridges.
Methods: The corrosion condition assessment of any civil infrastructures such as marine bridges, double
wall concrete nuclear reactors and multi storey buildings, on-shore and offshore concrete structures
will be implemented using advanced corrosion monitoring portable equipments.
Results: The in situ concrete parameters such as compressive strength obtained from Rebound Hammer
test and Ultrasonic Pulse velocity measurements were compared and analyzed for service life prediction.
The potential of embedded steel in concrete and corrosion rate of embedded steel in concrete are
the key parameters for determining the residual life of concrete structures. The corrosion currents measured
from various electro chemical techniques were converted into millimeter per year (mmpy) units
and correlated with service life of civil structures.
Conclusion: The rebar potential measurements indicate whether the embedded steel exists in the passive
or active conditions. The corrosion rate of embedded steel indicates the loss of diameter due to corrosion
process. Based on the data collected, the site investigated will be classified as severely corroded
and moderately corroded areas. The severely corroded areas will be identified and recommended for repair
and rehabilitation to be implemented to enhance the durability of the civil infrastructures.