Cathodic protection of steel in concrete-experience and overview of 30 years application

Rob Polder, Willy Peelen

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This paper presents an overview of 30 years' experience with cathodic protection of steel in concrete in The Netherlands. Principles and practical aspects of CP and its design and installation are presented. Three phases have passed from the late 1980s until present: pioneering, development and maturity. In the first period CP was mainly applied to precast elements corroding due to mixedin chlorides. The parties involved worked together to draw up a Technical Guideline. In the second period, application to bridges came up, including post-tensioned structures, which was then innovative. Furthermore, galvanic anode systems were introduced. In the third period, CP became a fully accepted method of securing durability and safety. Renewed collaboration led to a database that allowed analysis of various aspects of CP system working life, including shortcomings in early systems. Major successes and lessons learned will be presented. Technical and non-technical developments are highlighted and some recent innovative CP components and systems are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number01002
Number of pages6
JournalMATEC Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2018
EventICCRRR 2018: 5th International Conference on Concrete Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting - CApe Town, South Africa
Duration: 19 Nov 201821 Nov 2018
Conference number: 5


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