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Evaluation of self-healing epoxy coatings for steel reinforcement

Epoxy coatings are currently the most popular corrosion protection mechanism for steel reinforcement in structural concrete in North America. However, these coatings are easily damaged on worksites, negating their intended purpose. This study investigated self-healing coatings for steel reinforcement to introduce an autonomous healing mechanism for damaged coatings. Coatings were applied to steel coupons and rebar, intentionally damaged, and introduced to a corrosive environment via salt-water aeration tanks and accelerated corrosion testing. Performance of the experimental coatings was evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively. Adhesion strength and effects of coating thickness were also studied. Results from pre-corroded coated steel coupons submerged in salt-water aeration tanks exhibited improved corrosion resistance performance with self-healing coatings, although self-healing and conventional coatings performed similarly under other conditions. Steel reinforcement with a self-healing coating embedded in concrete and subjected to accelerated corrosion testing lasted longer than the conventionally coated counterparts. Self-healing coatings had comparable adhesion to the substrate as do conventional coatings. With numerous avenues for future research towards the adoption of self-healing coatings for steel reinforcement, this paper shows preliminary results demonstrating the potential benefits of their use.

» Author: Adrienne Weishaar, Matthew Carpenter, Ryan Loucks, Aaron Sakulich, Amy M. Peterson

» Reference: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.09.197

» Publication Date: 10/12/2018

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This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [609149].

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