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Effect of Contamination on Reinforcing Bar-Concrete Bond
Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
  • Abdeldjelil Belarbi, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Matthew K. Swenty
  • Lawrence H. Taber
  • David Newton Richardson, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Current specifications require the removal of reinforcing bar contaminants that reduce bond prior to placing concrete. This study focused on the interactions of contaminant type, bar size, epoxy coating, concrete strength, and test method (beam and direct pullout). The majority of the beam tests showed the bond strength was not significantly affected, with certain exceptions. However, the direct pullout tests revealed a significant reduction of bond strength in most situations. Although the bond strength was still greater than that required by code, it is recommended that specifications for removal of contaminants should not be relaxed until further study is performed.

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Second Department
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Associated General Contractors of America
Erectors and Riggers Association (St. Louis, Mo.)
Industry Advancement Fund
McCarthy Construction
National University Transportation Center
Site Advancement Foundation
Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program
St. Louis Construction Training and Advancement Foundation
Keywords and Phrases
  • Bond Strength,
  • Construction Specifications,
  • Contaminants,
  • Reinforcing Bar Placement,
  • Slippage,
  • Splatter,
  • Reinforced concrete,
  • Reinforcing bars
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Article - Journal
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© 2010 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), All rights reserved.
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Abdeldjelil Belarbi, Matthew K. Swenty, Lawrence H. Taber and David Newton Richardson. "Effect of Contamination on Reinforcing Bar-Concrete Bond" Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities (2010) ISSN: 0887-3828
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