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Corrosion: The Silent Killer of Concrete Structures
Concrete corrosion is costing governments billions of dollars annually in premature repair or replacement of infrastructure. New innovations in concrete technology are beginning to allow builders to create structures that heal themselves.
deterioration of vital infrastructure the world over. For instance, corrosion specifically makes up more than 80% of all damage to reinforced concrete structures, and repairing these structures costs an estimated $300 billion annually in the United States alone.
Corrosion is a natural, costly process of concrete deterioration. In fact, over time this process can parallel the level of damage caused by major natural disasters to a city's buildings and infrastructure. Unlike a natural disaster, however, this destructive process is slow and can be controlled.
Experience has shown that the most effective, reliable and economical method of protecting concrete structures is by preventing water from penetrating the concrete. In blocking the ingress of moisture into the concrete the rebar within is protected from corroding. Therefore, it is vital to have completely watertight reinforced concrete in order to mitigate the risk of corrosion, as well as other destructive damages caused by water.
Alireza Biparva, R & D Manager/Concrete Specialist at Kryton International Inc., emphasizes, "In all cases, the penetration of water into concrete is a critical factor in the corrosion of steel reinforcement. Water acts as a carrier for chloride ions, and is also required for corrosion to occur. Therefore, the first line of defense against corrosion is to prevent the penetration of water into the concrete."
Kryton International Inc. has more experience than any other Crystalline Waterproofing company at keeping water out of concrete. As the inventor and pioneer of the world's first crystalline waterproofing admixture, Kryton has changed the way concrete structures are built today in every corner of the globe.
With the waterproofing built right into the concrete itself, and only growing more effective throughout the life of the concrete, structures are lasting twice as long as they were fifty years ago, even in areas high in corrosive contaminants.
Please join us for an in depth presentation during the American Concrete Institute's (ACI) Spring Convention to understand how to effectively mitigate the destruction caused by the corrosion of steel within concrete structures.
Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Location: C-Ballroom AB & Foyer.
Speaker: Alireza Biparva
About Alireza Biparva, M.A.Sc, LEED Green Assoc.
Alireza Biparva, M.A.Sc, LEED Green Assoc., is research and development manager/concrete specialist at Kryton International Inc. He has close to 15 years of experience in the field of concrete permeability. Biparva oversees several research projects primarily focusing on concrete permeability studies and the development of innovative products and testing methods. He is an active member with the American Concrete Institute (ACI) (https://www.concrete.org/
For more information about Kryton, please visit www.kryton.com.
Page Updated Last on: Apr 15, 2016