Bond of steel-mortar interface interfered by stray current

Zhipei Chen*, Dessi A. Koleva, Erik Schlangen

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The focus of this work is to present test results on the bond of steel-mortar interface undergoing stray current. The bond strength, derived by pull-out tests, is correlated to the electrochemical response of the steel rebar and the properties of the mortar bulk matrix. The effects of curing regimes (in terms of duration of curing) and starting point of stray current are also investigated. It is found that stray current exerts bond degradation of the steel-mortar interface in all investigated cases, irrespective of the presence or absence of a corrodent (Cl) in the external medium. For the ease of operation in lab tests, the stray current is generally simulated by anodic polarization, although fundamentally, the stray current effect on the steel surface is composed of both anodic and cathodic polarizations. Hence this work also differentiates the effects of stray current on steel-mortar bond, versus the effects of anodic polarization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106591
Number of pages16
JournalCement and Concrete Research
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Bond strength
  • Corrosion
  • Curing
  • Electrochemical properties
  • Stray current


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