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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 5762048, 13 pages
Research Article

Chloride Diffusivity and Life Prediction of Cracked RC Beams Exposed to Different Wet-Dry Ratios and Exposure Duration

1School of Transportation Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100083, China
2State Laboratory of Subtropical Building Science, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Bo Diao; nc.ude.aaub@oboaid

Received 6 February 2017; Revised 31 March 2017; Accepted 4 May 2017; Published 11 June 2017

Academic Editor: Francesco Caputo

Copyright © 2017 Jieqiong Wu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Effects of crack width, wet-dry ratio, and exposure duration of wet-dry cycles on chloride ingress of RC beams were experimentally studied. Crack widths of 40, 70, 90, and 120 microns were, respectively, induced by three-point flexural loading and four wet-dry ratios (seawater spraying 1 d in one wet-dry cycle) of 1 : 3, 1 : 7, 1 : 11, and 1 : 15 were selected. Chloride contents of RC beams were tested every 32 d (or 16 d) of wet-dry cycles. Results show that chloride content increased significantly when crack width was larger than 90 microns and wet-dry ratio was 1 : 3, and it increased slightly when crack width was 120 microns and wet-dry ratio was 1 : 7, 1 : 11, and 1 : 15. The chloride content on steel bar surface became the largest when crack width was less than 90 microns and wet-dry ratio was 1 : 7, and while crack width was equal to or greater than 90 microns and wet-dry ratio was 1 : 3, it was the largest. Based on the testing results, chloride diffusion model and prediction model of residual service life of RC beams were suggested considering combined effects of crack width and exposure duration. The predicted residual service lives were corresponding well with experimental results and they decreased as crack width increased.