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Soft X‐ray spectromicroscopy studies of pitting corrosion of reinforcing steel bar
Surface and Interface Analysis  (IF1.607),  Pub Date : 2019-04-01, DOI: 10.1002/sia.6640
Xiaoxuan Guo, Arthur Situm, Burke C. Barlow, Bao Guo, Ian J. Burgess, Andrew P. Grosvenor

Pitting corrosion of reinforcing steel bar (rebar) imbedded in concrete by chloride ions can cause concrete degradation. It is thus necessary to develop methods to mitigate concrete corrosion which could include using a protective polymer rebar coating. Corrosion studies of polyvinyl butyral‐carbon black polymer‐coated rebar using soft X‐ray fluorescence (XRF) microprobe and micro‐X‐ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (μ‐XANES) are reported in this study. After removal of the polyvinyl butyral‐carbon black polymer coating, Fe Lα1, Mn Lα1, and O Kα1 XRF maps were collected as well as Fe and Mn L3‐edge μ‐XANES spectra from different regions across the whole rebar surface by collection of total electron yield (TEY) and partial XRF yield (PFY) spectra. The distribution of metallic Fe and Fe corrosion products was determined by analysis of the Fe XRF map. The μ‐XANES spectra indicated a higher fraction of Fe (III) phases on the corroded rebar surface, while Fe (II/III) phases were the major corrosion products beneath the surface region. In addition, Mn (II) and Mn (III) were determined as the valence states of the manganese corrosion products.