Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of concrete structures during construction, as well as over its service life, has recently become more attractive to owners and consulting engineers. With the introduction of new materials and construction methods, various types of concrete structures are being instrumented with monitoring devices to determine their performance and response to various loading conditions. Among many other objectives, this includes monitoring concrete performance at the serviceability and durability limit states. This paper is an overview of an on-going program for the SHM of concrete bridge decks in the State of New Jersey focusing on field performance. Three types of corrosion sensors are instrumented to monitor the corrosion activities in concrete decks; one is the silver-silver chloride electrode and the other two are multi element probe (MEP) corrosion sensors. Other types of MEPs were also instrumented on bridge decks during reconstruction in late 1990s to monitor the corrosion potential of the bridge decks. Various types of sensors are installed in precast panels during fabrication as well as in-situ cast concrete decks during and after construction. Moreover, a laboratory-based accelerated corrosion testing program is also performed on concrete specimens using various types of rebars. This ongoing study is aimed at correlating laboratory-accelerated corrosion results with long-term performance of the steel in concrete bridge decks under field conditions.
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