Background: Harsh coastal environment has detrimental results on the mechanical performance
of the reinforced concrete structures. Corrosion damage and its consequences are not included in
the existing regulations, concerning reinforced concrete structures, given that only recently scientific
community demonstrated interest on the specific issue. Nevertheless, scientific research requires the application
of methods for rapid simulation and reproduction-qualitatively and quantitatively- of the corrosion
Objective: The purpose of the present paper is to present some parameters affecting the experimental
results, obtained from the electrochemical corrosion method, on both quality and quantity, given that no
commonly accepted protocol has prevailed so far.
Method: One of the most widespread accelerated corrosion techniques, used for the goals of the present
study, is electrochemical corrosion method. Using this method, natural corrosion can be simulated and
damage accumulation, which often occurs during the lifecycle of a reinforced concrete structure, can be
Results: It has been established that for higher current densities, higher mass loss rates have been recorded
for the same exposure period. Furthermore, comparing short and long series of specimens, of the
same diameter, for the same corrosion duration, seems that short samples record higher mass loss percentages
and more intense pitting.
Conclusion: Analysis of the research results allows us to conclude that long- bare steel bar specimens
record milder corrosion damage than short-bare specimens. This is related to the presence of factors favoring
corrosion initiation. Moreover, given that corrosion effect is initially concentrated in small areas,
the behavior of long- embedded specimens, against corrosion, can be simulated with the corresponding
behavior of short- bare specimens.