Residual flexural strength of corroded reinforced concrete beams

Fares Jnaid, Riyad S. Aboutaha

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In order to develop a cost-effective retrofit system for deteriorated concrete members, there is a need for sound evaluation of their remaining strength. Unfortunately, there is a lack of reliable models for evaluating the residual strength of steel reinforced concrete beams, and further, there is no simplified analytical model that can reasonably estimate the ultimate capacity of corroded reinforced concrete (CRC) beams. To address these issues, this research presents a new methodology for the evaluation of the residual flexural strength of CRC beams. Finite Element (FE), detailed, and simplified analytical models that account for damaged material properties and geometry, were developed and verified against the experimental data obtained by others. The detailed analytical model was employed to investigate the effects of corrosion degree, length of corroded zone, and span to depth ratio on flexural strength. This analysis showed that for beams with high corrosion degrees, the decrease in capacity is mainly because of the decrease in both the steel reinforcement cross-section and strength due to corrosion, whereas the major cause of strength reduction for beams subjected to low corrosion degrees is the loss of bond between steel and surrounding concrete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-216
Number of pages19
JournalEngineering Structures
StatePublished - Jul 15 2016


  • Beams
  • Bridges
  • Corrosion
  • Finite Element (FE)
  • Flexural strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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