Angeliki Lekatou https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7951-4431 Sofia Tsouli Christos Nikolaidis https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9336-6324 Spyridon Kleftakis Ilias Tragazikis Theodoros Matikas


The corrosion behavior of 304L stainless steel rebars in an alkaline solution simulating new concrete subjected to acid rain attack and a mildly to slightly acidic solution simulating corroded cover concrete that ex­posed the reinforcement to direct acid rain attack, was investigated by reverse polarization. Both solutions contained Ca(OH)2 and fly ash (0-25 wt.% of the dry mixture). Concrete cubes containing 0-25 wt.% fly ash and reinforced with 304L rebars were subjected to salt spraying for 4 m. Although the polar­ization behaviors in the two electrolytes were different, the relative trends with respect to the fly ash contents were similar. The beneficial effect of fly ash (up to 20 wt.%) on the corrosion resistance of 304L rebars was de­mon­strated. How­ever, a deteriorating effect was realized at 25 wt.% addition. Partial re­placement of cement by fly ash did not significantly affect the tensile properties of the 304L rebar before or after 4 m of salt spraying. The elastic modulus and percent elongation presented a slight decrease after 4 m of salt spraying, ir­respectively of FA content. Corrosion-wise, 304L can replace 316L stainless steel provided that FA has been added to the concrete mixture, even at low contents (10 or 15 wt.%).


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    Lekatou, A., Tsouli, S., Nikolaidis, C., Kleftakis, S., Tragazikis, I., & Matikas, T. (2019). Effect of fly ash on the corrosion performance and structural integrity of stainless steel concrete rebars in acid rain and saline environments. Frattura Ed Integrità Strutturale, 13(50), 423–437. https://doi.org/10.3221/IGF-ESIS.50.36