Prediction of time from corrosion initiation to corrosion cracking is a crucial factor in evaluating concrete structures' durability and integrity deteriorated by reinforcement corrosion. This paper presents a mathematical model to predict the time from corrosion initiation to corrosion cracking. A dynamic corrosion rate model based on Bulter-Volmer kinetics and a rust expansion model based on Faraday's law are developed. An analytical model is developed to demonstrate the mechanical consequences of rust buildup around the rebar. The time to corrosion cracking is found to be a function of surrounding concrete material properties, chemical composition of rust, ratio of concrete cover thickness to rebar diameter, and corrosion current density. Comparisons with available experimental results are conducted to show the accuracy and reliability of the present model. Further parametric analysis is carried out to show the influences of various parameters included in the model on the time to corrosion cracking. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
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