The analysis of potentiostatic transients applied to the corrosion of steel in concrete

G.K. Glass, C.L. Page, N.R. Short, J.-Z. Zhang

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Potentiostatically induced current transients obtained on a range of reinforced concrete specimens were analysed to give estimates of the polarisation resistance and interfacial capacitance. The polarisation resistance was compared with the values obtained using more conventional DC methods of analysis and, while it was consistently lower, it was within the error normally attributed to the polarisation resistance method of corrosion rate determination. The interfacial capacitance values determined increased from 0.44 F m -2 for passive steel (polarisation resistance of 132 Ω m 2) to 26.5 F m -2 for active steel (polarisation resistance of 0.34 Ω m 2). This has a dominant effect on the time required for potentiostatically induced current transients to reach a steady state with a longer time being required by actively corroding steel. By contrast the potential decay time constants describing galvanostatically or coulostatically induced potential transients decrease with an increase in corrosion rate and values less than 25 s for active specimens and greater than 40 s for passive specimens were determined in this work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1657-1663
Number of pages7
JournalCorrosion Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1997


  • steel
  • potentiostatic
  • concrete reinforcing


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