Reinforced Concrete Structures
Corrosion of reinforcing steel is the predominant cause of failure in reinforced concrete structures leading to financial losses, safety risks and environmental impact. The understanding of the mechanisms and kinetics of the degradation processes of concrete allows us to improve the design of structures to enhance durability and extend service-life.
Cortec® MCI® Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors
Adding MCI® Corrosion Inhibitors to concrete mixes is a simple, time-proven, cost-effective and environmentally friendly method of achieving significant enhancement in durability. MCI®-2005 is a USDA-certified biobiased amine carboxylate inhibitor which meets the requirements of ASTM C1582 Standard Specification for Admixtures to Inhibit Chloride-Induced Corrosion of Reinforcing Steel in Concrete. MCI®-2005 widely used in the aggressive Gulf environment which combines high humidity with high temperatures and salinity. For more information on Mitigating Corrosion Inhibitors (MCI®) please read the whitepaper Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Structures
Concrete corrosion is a major issue in the modern world as major structures are built with concrete. Concrete is majorly used in the modern world in the form of bridges, buildings, homes, roads, etc. A proper system should be in place even before the construction starts to protect the metals from corroding.
Corrosion can lead to major financial losses, expensive and time-consuming repairs, injuries even can become catastrophic in some cases.
Corrosion occurs on the reinforced metal rebar in the concrete structures which in turn damages the concrete and creates major cracks. These cracks make the concrete structure less reliable and harm the structure’s integrity.
Cortec® MCI® Technology contributes to the protection of reinforced concrete structures. MCI® Technology can be used in many forms including admixture or topical treatment. It can be used during the construction period or it can be used after the damage has already been done to the concrete.
Cortec® is trusted by the construction industry in all gulf countries like Oman, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, etc.
MCI® moves like a liquid through concrete and migrates in a vapor phase. Once it comes in contact with the metal, it has an ionic reaction to it and forms a molecular layer protecting the metal from the elements. It decreases the rate of corrosion on the metal, in turn, increasing the service life of the concrete structures.
Reinforced concrete corrosion protection is also possible with our varied portfolio of MCI® Technology products. MCI® Product range is chosen by the construction industry worldwide.