Reinforced concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials for marine structures. Due to the abundance of the aggressive ions such as chloride ions and sulfate ions in the seawater, the reinforcement exposed to the marine and costal environment are exposed to a high corrosion risk. Localized corrosion will occur once the passive film on the rebar is damaged. In this work, the corrosion behavior of the steel in the simulated pore solution containing with both sulfate ions and chloride ions are studied by using cyclic potentialdynamic polarization methods and the corrosion morphologies observed using scanning electron microscope (SEM). The test results show that the initial rebar corrosion is caused by the absorption of the chloride ions in the passive film. The sulfate ions nearly had no effect on the corrosion of the rebar in pore solution and it can further mitigate the pitting corrosion in chloride containing pore solution.

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