Testing Concrete Durability in Sewer Environment

Parviz Soroushian, Habibur Chowdhury, Roz-Ud-Din Nassar, Tewodros Ghebrab

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Laboratory and field investigations were conducted in order to develop additives to mitigate the microbial-induced corrosion of concrete-based infrastructure in sanitary sewer systems. A laboratory system was developed to simulate the conditions facilitating microbial-induced corrosion of concrete in a sanitary sewer environment. Various concrete formulations were examined based on their resistance to microbial-induced corrosion in simulated laboratory and also in field exposure conditions. Of the various strategies considered, the mix formulation incorporating both polymer emulsion and fine pozzolan proved to be a viable means of enhancing concrete resistance to acid attack and moisture sorption, and to microbial-induced corrosion in simulated laboratory condition and also in an actual sewer environment. The polymer emulsion lines the capillary pore surfaces, and partially blocks the capillary pore system. Pozzolans further refine the size distribution and the connectivity of capilla
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-44
JournalInstitution of Civil Engineering
StatePublished - Feb 2010


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