Monitoring carbon steel behavior under biotic and abiotic conditions

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedings/Edited volumeConference contributionScientificpeer-review


Deterioration of concrete structures, together with corrosion of reinforcing steel due to the action of microorganisms, is known as Microbiologically Induced Corrosion of Concrete (MICC). The activity of microorganisms can initiate and further accelerate both steel corrosion and cement-based matrix degradation in reinforced concrete structures. The mechanism is related to initial surface colonization and further bio-products (and aggressive substance respectively) penetration into the bulk concrete matrix, reaching the reinforcement level. Common knowledge is that bio-deterioration-related infrastructure degradation, maintenance and repair have a significant economic impact worldwide. However, due to the complexity of all related mechanisms, a durable and feasible solution is still to be achieved for the engineering practice. This paper briefly points out main bio-degradation related mechanisms for concrete, steel and reinforced concrete structures and presents results on the electrochemical response of carbon steel in simulated environment under biotic and abiotic conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Concrete with Smart Additives and Supplementary Cementitious Materials to Improve Durability and Sustainability of Concrete Structures
EditorsD. Koleva
Place of PublicationWarrendale, PA, USA
PublisherMaterials Research Society
ISBN (Print)978-1-5108-2686-1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event23th international materials research congress 2014, IMRC 2014, Cancun, Mexico - Cambridge
Duration: 17 Aug 201421 Aug 2014

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings


Conference23th international materials research congress 2014, IMRC 2014, Cancun, Mexico


  • composite
  • biological
  • corrosion

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Monitoring carbon steel behavior under biotic and abiotic conditions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this