Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Reinforced Passivation Film: A Reactive Molecular Dynamics Study

LQ Wang and MM Li and ZP Li and XQ Xu and MH Wang and P Wang and XX Hu and Y Zhang and XP Wang, FRONTIERS IN MATERIALS, 7, 523126 (2020).

DOI: 10.3389/fmats.2020.523126

Reinforced concrete is one of the most critical composite materials in the modern civil engineering and can improve the tensile resistance of concrete. Its passivation film plays an important role in the durability of concrete and the steel corrosion. But, due to the size limitations, the destruction of micro-scale steel bars has not been well studied. In this work, the reactive molecular dynamics simulation was employed to studying the mechanical properties of the steel and its passivation film. The uniaxial stretching of different compounds of gamma-FeOOH, gamma-Fe(2)O(3)and Fe was performed. We found that the oxidation can reduce the tensile strength of steel. For the three compounds of gamma- FeOOH, gamma-Fe(2)O(3)and Fe, the order of tensile strength from high to low is Fe > gamma-Fe2O3> gamma-FeOOH. But, the ductility of gamma-FeOOH underxdirection is increased. The detail microstructure analysis shown that the difference of tensile strength is origin from the coordination in the materials. The two kinds of stretching processes of whole system stretching (in the Fe phase andxdirection of gamma-FeOOH phase) and partly area stretching (in the Fe(2)O(3)phase andzdirection of gamma- FeOOH phase) were clarified. The external force is dispersed in whole system stretching but opposite in partly area stretching. This investigation leads to possible new direction for studying the tensile strength of materials, and the strategy of evaluating materials tensile strength can supply valuable information in evaluating and improving the mechanical properties of reinforced concrete.

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