Chloride penetration into concrete structures reduces their service life. When chloride reaches the steel rebar, it may corrode which eventually leads to concrete deterioration. Hence, it is important to test concrete on chloride penetration resistance. Such testing often takes a long time, because of the slow process of chloride penetration. Therefore, using an accelerated test is an obvious choice. The RCM test is one of the most commonly used techniques to measure the chloride diffusion coefficient in concrete. One of the disadvantages of the RCM test is that it requires a saturated sample, while structures in practical conditions are mostly unsaturated. In this paper, the RCM test is performed for unsaturated mortar. Standard mortar samples with various air content of 0%, 2%, 4%, 6%, 8% and 10% are investigated. The air content in the sample is obtained by first water-saturating the sample under vacuum and than by placing the sample in a climate chamber with a relative humidity of 10% and a temperature of 50°C to induce drying, until the desired air content of the sample is reached. After the RCM test, the chloride penetration depth is measured with colorimetric and titration methods. The results show that the more air content in the samples is, the deeper chloride penetration in the samples will be.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Non-Traditional Cement and Concrete (NTCC2014), June 16-19 2014, Brno, Czech Republic|
|Editors||V. Bilek, Z. Kersner|
|Place of Publication||Brno|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||5th International Conference on Non-Traditional Cement and Concrete (NTCC2014), 16-19 June 2014, Brno, Czech Republic - Brno, Czech Republic|
Duration: 16 Jun 2014 → 19 Jun 2014
|Name||IJRET : International Journal of Research in Engineering and technology|
|Conference||5th International Conference on Non-Traditional Cement and Concrete (NTCC2014), 16-19 June 2014, Brno, Czech Republic|
|Abbreviated title||NTCC 2014|
|Period||16/06/14 → 19/06/14|
|Other||Non-Traditional Cement & Concrete V (NTCC 2014)|
Taher, A., Hofstede, J. M., van der Zanden, A. J. J., & Brouwers, H. J. H. (2014). The influence of air in mortar on the results of the RCM test. In V. Bilek, & Z. Kersner (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Non-Traditional Cement and Concrete (NTCC2014), June 16-19 2014, Brno, Czech Republic (pp. 245-248). (IJRET : International Journal of Research in Engineering and technology). NOVPRESS.