Materials and Structures

, Volume 37, Issue 9, pp 623–643 | Cite as

Test methods for on-site corrosion rate measurement of steel reinforcement in concrete by means of the polarization resistance method

  • C. Andrade
  • C. Alonso
RILEM Technical Committees RILEM TC 154-EMC: ‘Electrochemical Techniques for Measuring Metallic Corrosion’ Recommendations


Corrosion Rate Concrete Surface Corrosion Current Guard Ring Galvanic Current 
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Stern constant [V]


Electrical capacitance [F]


Counter or auxiliary electrode


Electrical potential [V]


Potential step [V]


Corrosion or mixed potential [V]


Instantaneous corrosion current density [μA/cm2]


Non-uniform instantaneous corrosion current Density [μA/cm2]


Current step [A]


Instantaneous corrosion current in a pit or localized corroding spot [μA/cm2]


Galvanic corrosion current between corroding and cathodic zones [μA/cm2 or μA]


Icorr determined in small specimens with finite reinforcement area [μA/cm2]


Icorr determined on site only one time [μA/cm2]


Averaged Icorr obtained from integrating or averaging several Icorr measurements obtained during a period of time tn [μA/cm2]


Representative-Icorr value [μA/cm2]


Critical length polarized in on-site measurements [cm]


Penetration depth of corrosion attack at a certain time [mm]


Maximum pit or localized penetration depth [mm]


Electrical resistance [ω]

R1, R2, RB

Reference electrodes for critical length measurement hold in the auxiliary electrode of potential attentuation method


Reference electrode for measurement of Ecorr


Polarization Resistance [ω or ωcm2]


Apparent Rp [ω or ωcm2]


Rp obtained in a reference reinforced concrete slab for calibrating portable corrosion-rate-meters [ωcm2]


Area of the reinforcement to be measured [m2]


Anodic or corroding area [m2]


Cathodic area [m2]

S1, S2

Reference electrodes to control the confinement in the guard ring auxiliary electrode time or timelife t


Initiation period in service life model [year]


Propagation or corroding period in service life model [year]


Instantancous corrosion rate [mm/year or μm/year]


Representative Vcorr value [μm/year or mm/year]


Pitting factor


Loss in reinforcement diameter after a certain tp [mm]


Initial nominal reinforcement diameter [mm]


Residual reinforcement diameter after a certain tp [mm]


Electrical resistivity [ωm]


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