This technical report presents state-of-the-art information on several commercially available galvanic cathodic protection/prevention systems for protecting atmospherically exposed reinforced concrete structures. The information contained in this report has been provided by key manufacturers of these systems and is intended as a technical resource for engineers responsible for the rehabilitation of reinforced concrete structures. It may also be useful to owners, contractors, and other practitioners related to the field of galvanic cathodic protection (CP). All information related to galvanic CP is intended for atmospherically exposed concrete structures and may not be applicable to concrete containing epoxy-coated reinforcing steel, galvanized, or other coated or nonferrous reinforcement.
The purpose of this NACE International technical report is to provide basic information regarding the mechanisms involved with cathodic protection (CP) shielding for external coatings applied to carbon steel pipelines, and the manner in which the breakdown of coating systems may or may not contribute to CP shielding. It is intended to be a basic reference from which the tendency of a coating system to fail and shield CP may be understood on a conceptual basis. Non-corrosion-related pipeline protection systems, including concrete weight coating, polyethylene encasement, insulation, and mechanical pipeline protection systems, are outside the scope of this report. End users of this report may include pipeline designers, corrosion engineers, integrity management specialists, regulators, CP service providers, coating suppliers, coating service providers, equipment suppliers, and pipeline/facility owners.
This technical report presents evaluation techniques which can potentially be used to complement performance criteria of international standards, especially if the criteria cannot be employed to evaluate the effectiveness of cathodic protection and corrosion control techniques applied to existing reinforced concrete structures, including atmospherically exposed, buried, and submerged structures.
This report is intended to be useful to architects, structural engineers, architectural conservators, and consulting engineers/contractors who are engaged in refurbishing steel-reinforced concrete structures and buildings.