The portable, handheld GalvaPulse evaluates the corrosion rate of reinforcement by measuring polarization resistance using the galvanostatic pulse technique where a current pulse is imposed on the reinforcement from a counter silver chloride reference electrode (Ag/AgCl) placed on the concrete surface.
The reinforcement is polarized in the anodic direction compared to its free corrosion potential, Ecorr. The resulting change of the electrochemical potential of the reinforcement is recorded as a function of time. The polarization resistance of the reinforcement is calculated by curve fitting of this data and by means of the Stern-Geary equation and Faraday’s law, the corrosion rate is estimated.
Corrosion rate test for reinforced concrete.