SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1990

Corrosion of Reinforcing Steel and Wall Ties in Masonry Systems


The corrosion of metal associated with masonry systems is controversial. Little research has appeared on the subject, even though corrosion has been associated with multimillion dollar failures of masonry facades on buildings and other structures.

This report reviews the available literature on corrosion in masonry and compares this literature with the more abundant literature on corrosion in concrete. Corrosion patterns and performance are discussed based on analyses of metal removed from a seawall in California and a building facade in Illinois.

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Haver, CA
Keeling, DL
Somayaji, S
Jones, D
Heidersbach, RH
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Developed by Committee: C15
Pages: 173–190
DOI: 10.1520/STP24984S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5124-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1453-1