Major types of chemical concrete degradation such as carbonation, leaching and acid attacks are strongly associated with decreasing internal or external pH. Thus a precise determination of the latter is crucial for the assessment regarding the degree of corrosion and corresponding development of prevention strategies. Conventional pH measure methods for concrete, such as phenolphthalein indicator, pore solution extractions and flat surface electrodes have proven to contain significant limitations and inadequacies. This contribution presents the application of sensor foils based on luminescent pH sensitive dyes entrapped in a polymeric hydrogel matrix, to quantify and image the distribution of surface pH of concrete based construction materials. An imaging technique called time-domain dual lifetime referencing (t-DLR) was used, which suppresses artifacts from scattering of the background and other light inhomogeneities. Using this methodology high-resolution pH profiles of concrete samples exposed to carbonation and biogenic acid corrosion were recorded.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of final Conference of RILEM TC 253-MCI|
|Subtitle of host publication||Microorganisms-Cementitious Materials Interactions|
|Publisher||RILEM Publications S.a.r.l.|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2018|