The paper presents an experimental and analytical study on the tensile behaviour of naturally corroded prestressing strands. A total of twenty-four strands were extracted from full-scale beams which were exposed during 10 years to chlorides from sea water. Firstly, a database has been created on the dependency of the maximum pit depth on the strand mass loss or on the section loss of the most corroded wire. Secondly, the morphology of corrosion pits and the maximum cross-sectional loss of each external wire have been measured. Finally, based on conducted tensile tests, a new constitutive law (CPS-model) is proposed to predict the mechanical behaviour of prestressing strands induced by pitting corrosion.
Mechanical behaviour of corroded strands under chloride attack: A new constitutive law / Franceschini, L.; Vecchi, F.; Tondolo, F.; Belletti, B.; Sánchez Montero, J.. - In: CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS. - ISSN 0950-0618. - 316(2022). [10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2021.125872]
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