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Abstract

Existence of chloride ions in concrete may accelerate reinforcement corrosion. Chloride ions can penetrate into the concrete by the diffusion process even if no major cracks exist. It is well known that properties of concrete will change with time since the hydration reaction continues for a long time, which implies that the diffusion coefficient of concrete is a time-dependent function. In this research, the diffusion behavior is focused on early-age mortar and concrete. It is shown that the diffusion coefficient changes dramatically at early age; and the control of interface property is significantly important to chloride diffusion. The effect by adding silica fume in concrete and mortar is also examined.

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