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Does galvanization of reinforcement steel increases its life?

Answer
Yes, but it depends on how corrosive the environment is.  If the environment is sufficiently corrosive to require corrosion protection for the reinforcement, most engineers elect to use epoxy coatings rather than galvanization.  Coatings are not common for reinforcing steel, because of the natural buffering within concrete, but in high-corrosion environments it is advisable.

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Robert Cummings, P.E.

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I can answer questions related to rock blasting, rock and soil excavation (such as tunnels and highway cuts), stability of such excavations, and foundations in rock and soil. I can also answer questions related to geology and mining.

Experience

30+ years as a geotechnical engineer and minerals engineer. Active consulting practice in rock blasting, geotechnical engineering, and rock mechanics for mining and heavy construction.

Organizations
Society of Mining Engineers, Deep Foundations Institute, Association of Engineering Geologists, and International Society of Explosives Engineers.

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Mining Engineering, AEG Bulletin.

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BS and MS Geological Engineering

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