AbstractThe corrosion of steel fibers is a direct cause of the deterioration of steel fiber-reinforced concrete in chloride environments. This study mainly investigated the corrosion behavior of steel fibers exposed to NaCl solutions with pH=7, 10, 11, 12, and 13. The corrosion rate of the steel fibers was calculated according to the change of the diameter and ultimate tensile load. The electrochemical parameters of the steel fibers corrosion were continuously monitored. The morphology of the steel fibers affected by chloride attack was observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results reveal that the corrosion rate of the steel fibers decreased as the pH of the NaCl solution increased from 7 to 13, and it was very small at pH≥12. According to the open circuit potential, corrosion potential, corrosion current density, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, the steel fibers exhibited a high corrosion tendency and corrosion rate when exposed to NaCl solutions with pH≤12. However, they exhibited low corrosion tendency in the chloride solution with pH=13. The surface roughness of the steel fibers exhibited only a slight increase after exposure to the NaCl solution with pH=13 for 180 days.

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