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[SEAOC] RE: [SEAOC] Preventing Corrosion of Reinforced Concrete In Severe Marine Exposures

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I would be very cautious about banishing epoxy coated bar.  Ken Clear was 
sued by CRSI for his report.  Call Don Pfeifer of Wiss, Janney for the other 
side.  Epoxy bar has performed well in many other applications, and the 
project in Florida and Ken Clear's work is just a reminder that the coating 
must meet specifications.

Harold Sprague
Black & Veatch
From: seaoc
To: Tom Hunt
Cc: sysop
Subject: [SEAOC] Preventing Corrosion of Reinforced Concrete In Severe 
Marine Exposures
Date: Friday, September 06, 1996 11:51AM

Hi, I caught your thread while "surfing" for silica fume references on the
Internet.  Can I help?  The use of epoxy coated bars has been a worry since
Florida State Highways Dept issued its report (1986?) on the state of their
epoxy rebar built bridges after only 8-9 years exposure.  They had
to a level seen only at the 12-15 year mark when normal steel is used.  Add 
that the open letter issued by concrete technologist Ken Clear in the USA
(1990?) on the subject, saying that, after his years of research, epoxy bars
unfortunately proven to fail early in real life structures, and the message 
pretty clear.....Don't use it!
On silica fume, recently (JAN '96) in a conference in the Arabian Gulf in
Bahrain, two papers were presented that cautioned specifiers that the latest
scientific findings from research in the UK and Sweden showed that silica 
concretes are in fact very susceptible to ASR (Alkali Silica Reaction) and
disintegration, accelerated in the presence of chlorides, and obviously, by
elevated ambient temperatures found in the  Gulf.
If you would like details of these and other documents, please contact me
directly at my Compuserve address, I'd be happy to direct you to them.
If you are in need of an enhanced performance concrete to prevent corrosion 
reinforced concrete by seawater, or other water borne corrosives,.....with a
time-proven, 35 year successful track record, then check out the Web site at, or use an Internet Search engine,
(Excite, or Yahoo) and look for "cementaid"
I hope that this is of help and assistance to you.
Michael Aldred.