The aim of the present paper is to investigate the effects of corrosion pits on the ultimate capacity of rectangular mild steel plates under biaxial compression. A series of non-linear FEM analysis on plates with partial depth pits are carried out, changing geometrical attributes of both pits and plates, i.e., the radius, depth, location and distribution of the pits and the slenderness of the plates. Possible interaction between transverse and longitudinal axial compression is studied applying different level of loading ratio and considering the effects of partial depth pitting corrosion. It is shown that biaxial loading ratio is a dominant factor affecting the behavior of pitted plates besides pits intensity and thickness loss at pits. When longitudinal compression is dominant load with loading ratio lower than 1, the interaction relationship curves for different DOP levels tend to be parallel with each other and the distance between every two parallel curves seems to be dependent mainly on the deviation of their DOP values and thickness loss at pits. Moreover, pits distribution along long and shirt edges could also affect the ultimate strength behavior of plates. The work done in the paper illustrates that the ultimate capacity of pitted plate could be derived from intact plate by introducing important influential parameters like DOP, thickness loss and possible pits distribution.

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