The corrosiveness of muskeg waters: a review

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Journal titleCanadian Geotechnical Journal
Pages327336; # of pages: 10
SubjectCement and Concrete; muskegs; electrochemical corrosion; corrosion prevention; concrete (materials); metals
AbstractMuskeg waters are generally acidic and potentially corrosive to concrete and metal structures. The amount of dissolved salts and free carbon dioxide in the water is an important factor in its aggressive attack on concrete. Although pH measurements are not the only criterion of aggressiveness, they are a reasonable indication in many instances of potential severity. A good defence against an aggressive environment is a high quality, very dense concrete. High alumina concrete and air-entraining agencies provide further protection in extremely aggressive environments. Surface treatments of concrete have not proved to be very successful over a long period of time. Corrosion of metals in a muskeg environment is an electrochemical action; the type and rate of corrosion are functions of the property of the metal as well as the soil and water conditions. Factors such as dissolved salts, pH, total acidity, resistivity, aeration, and presence of anaerobic bacteria influence corrosion. Optimum protection to metals in an aggressive environment is provided by a combination of a surface coating and cathodic protection.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number8795
NPARC number20378352
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Record created2012-07-24
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