Offer Your Clients the Most Sophisticated Tool for Assessing Concrete Corrosion

Giatec iCOR, MPs Corrosion innovation of the year
Giatec iCOR, MPs Corrosion innovation of the year

Does your company provide condition assessment services to your clients? When was the last time your customers had an accurate understanding of the corrosion levels on the surface of their reinforcement? It’s strongly advised that annual and even semi-annual testing take place so they can understand the condition of their rebar over time and estimate the remaining service-life. Take your client satisfaction to the next level by expanding your condition assessment services today with the award-winning iCOR® device.

What Is Concrete Corrosion and Why Is It a Problem?

Corrosion is initiated when materials that are harmful to steel, such as CO2 and chloride from de-icing salt, start to penetrate concrete and reach the steel reinforcement. As an electrochemical reaction, electrons migrate from the anodic zone to the cathodic zone, releasing ferrous ions at the anode and hydroxide ions at the cathode. This will eventually lead to a potential difference between the anodic and cathodic areas at the surface of the steel reinforcement. This results in the creation of rust as a by product. Since rust occupies a larger volume than steel, it exerts internal pressure which causes the surrounding concrete to crack and become damaged. These cracks make their way to the surface of the concrete which causes even more CO2 and chloride to penetrate the concrete and speed up the process of corrosion.

Figure 1: Reinforced concrete corrosion reaction

Reinforced concrete structures must be tested annually, or even semi-annually to detect and prevent corrosion. As these structures get older, the risk of corrosion in reinforcing steel continues to increase. This is especially important since a large number of structures were built using reinforced concrete between the 1950s and 1970s. Consequently, these structures require more frequent testing and repairs to eliminate damage and slow down the corrosion process.

Assessing Rebar Corrosion in Concrete Structures

How are your clients currently monitoring corrosion in reinforced concrete? Does it involve drilling a hole in their structure, sticking a probe in, and using a logger to collect data that needs to be analyzed offsite? This process takes days, even weeks, just to measure concrete corrosion in ONE structure, and often it is discovered that it’s too late to repair the damage. In addition to time spent, destructive techniques can damage the overall structural integrity, especially if the concrete is not repaired properly.

Do you offer your customers alternative methods of testing rebar corrosion? Your customers can detect damage early and predict the rate of future deterioration of their structures in seconds, using Giatec’s iCOR® device and patented Connectionless Electrical Pulse Response Analysis (CEPRA) technology.

What is iCOR? Giatec’s Non-destructive Concrete Corrosion Monitoring

As a non-destructive testing tool, the iCOR is an award-winning device that has been recognized for its positive impact in corrosion monitoring and mitigation. Using our patented CEPRA technology, the device is unique in its ability to perform three-in-one concrete testing measurements of: rebar corrosion rate, half-cell potential, and in-situ electrical resistivity.

Why Select the iCOR for Corrosion Assessment

  1. Award-winning technology: This device was presented with the 2019 Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
  2. No connection to the rebar required: Unlike other corrosion testing devices available, iCOR is a wireless non-destructive testing (NDT) device that does not require a connection to the reinforcement for measuring corrosion rate and resistivity, making it extremely convenient for monitoring the health of reinforced concrete structures.
  3. Comprehensive condition assessment of concrete: This device allows engineers to fully understand concrete quality and rebar corrosion activity, helping them make timely decisions regarding the rehabilitation and repair of their structures.
  4. No waiting periods between measurements: The iCOR uses a current pulse when polarizing reinforcements in minimal time between performing measurements. This means you can collect data over the same location without having to wait hours between readings for the reinforcement to depolarize, unlike other techniques.
  5. Fast and easy to use: Incorporating iCOR is fast and easy. Minimal training is required to use its user-friendly unity and data analysis software.
  6. User-friendly app: The iCOR device sends data straight to your tablet via an app directly in the field, where it can be easily stored, analyzed, and shared with other team members.
  7. Time savings and cost reduction: Getting all three measurements with one device significantly save time, costs, and resources associated with the condition assessment of reinforced concrete structures.

Read more about how iCOR compares to other methods of monitoring concrete corrosion

Improve Your Corrosion Assessment Client Services with iCOR

icor corrosion assessment device

For all these reasons, the iCOR is the most convenient corrosion rate measurement device in the field. Not only does it gives engineers a comprehensive understanding of concrete quality and the level of corrosion; ultimately, it allows them to make faster, more informed decisions when it comes to rehabilitation and repair and estimation of service-life. Offering corrosion assessment to your clients using this ground-breaking device would allow you to stand out from your competition by providing the most sophisticated solution for them to assess corrosion. It will allow your customers to better understand the health of their structures.

Check out the iCOR product page and request a quote here!

4 Responses

  1. Thanks for this great email
    Actually we have iCOR and we are about to use it in one of our structural assessment studiesso can you please send us one or two cases showing the method and results of corrosion rate and potential in RC structures.. Best regards

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