ASTM C876 - 09

    Standard Test Method for Corrosion Potentials of Uncoated Reinforcing Steel in Concrete

    Active Standard ASTM C876 | Developed by Subcommittee: G01.14

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.02


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    Significance and Use

    This test method is suitable for in-service evaluation and for use in research and development work.

    This test method is applicable to members regardless of their size or the depth of concrete cover over the reinforcing steel. Concrete cover in excess of 3 in. (75 mm) can result in an averaging of adjacent reinforcement corrosion potentials that can result in a loss of the ability to discriminate variation in relative corrosion activity.

    This test method may be used at any time during the life of a concrete member.

    The results obtained by the use of this test method shall not be considered as a means for estimating the structural properties of the steel or of the reinforced concrete member.

    The potential measurements should be interpreted by engineers or technical specialists experienced in the fields of concrete materials and corrosion testing. It is often necessary to use other data such as chloride contents, depth of carbonation, delamination survey findings, rate of corrosion results, and environmental exposure conditions, in addition to corrosion potential measurements, to formulate conclusions concerning corrosion activity of embedded steel and its probable effect on the service life of a structure.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the estimation of the electrical corrosion potential of uncoated reinforcing steel in field and laboratory concrete, for the purpose of determining the corrosion activity of the reinforcing steel.

    1.2 This test method is limited by electrical circuitry. Concrete surface in building interiors and desert environments lose sufficient moisture so that the concrete resistivity becomes so high that special testing techniques not covered in this test method may be required (see 5.1.4.1). Concrete surfaces that are coated or treated with sealers may not provide an acceptable electrical circuit. The basic configuration of the electrical circuit is shown in Fig. 1.

    1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    FIG. 1 Reference Electrode Circuitry


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    G3 Practice for Conventions Applicable to Electrochemical Measurements in Corrosion Testing

    G15 Terminology Relating to Corrosion and Corrosion Testing

    G16 Guide for Applying Statistics to Analysis of Corrosion Data


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.140.15 (Steels for reinforcement of concrete)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30103623(Reinforcing bar or rebar or mesh); 11101704(Steel); 30111500(Concrete and mortars)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/C0876-09

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    Citation Format

    ASTM C876-09, Standard Test Method for Corrosion Potentials of Uncoated Reinforcing Steel in Concrete, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.org

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