Evaluation of structural behaviour and corrosion resistant of austenitic AISI 304 and duplex AISI 2304 stainless steel reinforcements embedded in ordinary Portland cement mortars


  • E. Medina Escuela Universitaria de Arquitectura Técnica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • A. Cobo Escuela Universitaria de Arquitectura Técnica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • D. M. Bastidas Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas, CENIM-CSIC. Dpto. Ingeniería de Superficies, Corrosión y Durabilidad




Stainless steel, Reinforcements, Corrosion, Chloride, Ductility


The mechanical and structural behaviour of two stainless steels reinforcements, with grades austenitic EN 1.4301 (AISI 304) and duplex EN 1.4362 (AISI 2304) have been studied, and compared with the conventional carbon steel B500SD rebar. The study was conducted at three levels: at rebar level, at section level and at structural element level. The different mechanical properties of stainless steel directly influence the behaviour at section level and structural element level. The study of the corrosion behaviour of the two stainless steels has been performed by electrochemical measurements, monitoring the corrosion potential and the lineal polarization resistance (LPR), of reinforcements embedded in ordinary Portland cement (OPC) mortar specimens contaminated with different amount of chloride over one year time exposure. Both stainless steels specimens embedded in OPC mortar remain in the passive state for all the chloride concentration range studied after one year exposure.


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Medina, E., Cobo, A., & Bastidas, D. M. (2012). Evaluation of structural behaviour and corrosion resistant of austenitic AISI 304 and duplex AISI 2304 stainless steel reinforcements embedded in ordinary Portland cement mortars. Revista De Metalurgia, 48(6), 445–458. https://doi.org/10.3989/revmetalm.1203