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Influence of chloride in mortar made of Portland cement types II, III, and V on the near-field microwave reflection properties
Author(s): Cairong Hu; Aaron D. Benally; Tobias Case; Reza Zoughi; Kimberly Kurtis
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Paper Abstract

Corrosion of steel rebar in reinforced concrete structures, can be induced by the presence of chloride in the structure. Corrosion of steel rebar is a problematic issue in the construction industry as it compromises the strength and integrity of the structure. Although techniques exist for chloride detection and its migration into a structure, they are destructive, time consuming and cannot be used for the interrogation of large surfaces. In this investigation three different portland cement types; namely, ASTM types II, III and V were used, and six cubic (8' X 8' X 8') mortar specimens were produced all with water-to-cement (w/c) ratio of 0.6 and sand-to-cement (s/c) ratio of 1.5. Tap water was used when producing three of these specimens (one of each cement type). For the other three specimens calcium chloride was added to the mixing tap water resulting in a salinity of 2.5%. These specimens were placed in a hydration room for one day and thereafter left it the room temperature with low humidity. The reflection properties of these specimens, using an open-ended rectangular waveguide probe, were monitored daily at 3 GHz (S-band) and 10 GHz (X-band). The results show the influence of cement type on the reflection coefficient as well as the influence of chloride on the curing process and setting time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4129, Subsurface Sensing Technologies and Applications II, (6 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390631
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Cairong Hu, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
Aaron D. Benally, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
Tobias Case, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
Reza Zoughi, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
Kimberly Kurtis, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4129:
Subsurface Sensing Technologies and Applications II
Cam Nguyen, Editor(s)

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