Prolonged exposure to low pH conditions affects the durability of concrete. In this work, the effect of mullite, aluminum silicate, on the strength and the acid corrosion of mortar and concrete under induced accelerated conditions in sulfuric acid solutions at pH of 0.25 and 1 was studied. The characterization of physicochemical changes was performed using techniques including compressive strength, scanning electron microscopy, micro-X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, and the Vickers hardness test. The results indicate that the addition of mullite does not have any significant effect on the overall strength of mortar and concrete samples, while it significantly increases their resistance to corrosion caused by sulfate attack by 90%, therefore, it is expected to increase the life span and decrease the maintenance costs of concrete pipes subjected to acid corrosion in sewer environments. The inhibition efficiency is observed to be sensitive to acid concentration and was improved with increase in the amount of mullite in samples.
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- corrosion inhibition
- concrete corrosion
- acid corrosion