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Do engineers need to cater for corrosion protection of lifting anchors in precast concrete units?

The corrosion of lifting anchors in precast concrete units has to be prevented because the corroded lifting units cause an increase in steel volume leading to the spalling of nearby surface concrete.

Consequently, steel reinforcement of the precast concrete units may be exposed and this in turns results in the corrosion of steel reinforcement and the reduction in the load carrying capacity of the precast units. To combat the potential corrosion problem, the lifting anchors could be covered with a layer of mortar to hide them from the possible external corrosion agents. Alternatively, galvanized or stainless steel lifting anchors can be considered in aggressive environment.


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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