Numerical simulation models capable of predicting the nonlinear flexural behavior of continuous reinforced concrete (RC) beams with corroded reinforcement were developed. Laboratory tests were conducted to validate predictions of the numerical models. A parametric study was carried out to examine the effect of varying the location and severity of corrosion on the nonlinear flexural behavior of continuous RC beams. The load capacity of continuous RC beams decreased linearly with an increase in the severity of corrosion, regardless of its location. The corrosion of reinforcement in the sagging region was, however, more detrimental to the load capacity than hogging corrosion. The rate of the strength reduction for the beam models with sagging corrosion was approximately 70% higher than that of the models with hogging corrosion. The beam models with sagging and hogging corrosion concurrently exhibited the poorest performance. The rate of the strength reduction of the beam models with corrosion in both sagging and hogging regions was approximately 2.7 times that of the models with hogging corrosion only. The moment redistribution ratio at the ultimate load for the beam models with sagging corrosion only ranged from 2–22%. The beam models with corrosion in the hogging region only exhibited the highest moment redistribution ratio of 22–50% at the ultimate load. The beam models with sagging and hogging corrosion simultaneously exhibited a constant moment redistribution ratio of 18% at the ultimate load.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Building and Construction