Microstructure and Durability of RC in Boric Acid
Boric acid (H3BO3) is often used for cooling the heat in nuclear power plant. Though the drastic measures have been taken, the potential leakage still can not be fully eliminated. Therefore, an attempt to understand the durability mechanism of RC subjected to boric acid is of vital importance. In this paper, specimens cured in a standard moist room at a temperature of 20 ±3 °C after 28days were immersed in three different concentration of boric solution (2000ppm, 8000ppm, 30000ppm) artificially simulated to accelerate the corrosion of acid environment. The hydration products are investigated. Microstructure of reinforced concrete on the surface, 2cm and 4cm away from the surface at ages of 60, 90 and 150 days are examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) respectively. Results indicate that main hydration product is Ca(BO2)2,boric acid corrosion to concrete surface can only be detected from the specimens in 30000ppm solutions at the ages of 150 days and its effect is slight. However, the inner part of the concrete was not affected. The results of XRD coincide with those of SEM.
Guangfan Li, Yong Huang and Chaohe Chen
H. Z. Jin et al., "Microstructure and Durability of RC in Boric Acid", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 250-253, pp. 252-256, 2011