A Laboratory and Field Assessment of the Performance of Rebar Coatings

Salah U. Al-Dulaijan*

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Deteriorating concrete structures are repaired to restore their load-carrying capacity and enhance their appearance. As part of the repair procedure, the corroded reinforcing steel bars are cleaned by sandblasting, and a protective coating is applied to protect them from further corrosion. Generally, a zin-rich epoxy coating is used for this purpose. However, there have been concerns about the performance of this type of coating in protecting the steel due to the formation of galvanic corrosion, thus necessitating the need for developing a durable steel coating. In this study, the performance of two types of steel coatings, namely a zinc-rich epoxy and cement-based epoxy resin coating, was investigated. The performance of the selected coatings was evaluated by conducting both laboratory and field experiments. In the field studies, the concrete specimens were exposed to a marine exposure site for more than five years. The salt spray and accelerated reinforcement corrosion studies indicated that the performance of the cement-based epoxy coating was better than the zinc-rich epoxy coating. However, there was no visible difference between the performance of the investigated coatings in the reinforced concrete slab specimens placed in the field. It is suggested to use cement-based epoxy coatings as steel primers based on the field and laboratory data developed in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4270
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 2023

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  • accelerated corrosion evaluation
  • anti-corrosion coatings
  • cement-based epoxy coating
  • reinforcement corrosion
  • salt spray
  • steel primer
  • zinc-rich epoxy coating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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