Corrosion Test of Steel Piling in Sea Water

by Laverne L. Watkins, Hydraulic Engr.; Engrg. Development Div., U.S. Army Coastal Engrg. Res. Center, Washington, DC,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 3, Pg. 549-558

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper describes an installation of pile-test specimens installed cooperatively by the National Bureau of Standards and the Coastal Engineering Research Center in 1967 to study corrosion and protection of steel piling installed in sea water. Ninety-six 8-in. cylindrical piles were installed in the ocean at Dam Neck, VA. The piles are installed in sets of three. The test includes bare piles, coated piles with sacrificial anodes. Data will be obtained on the piles by pulling one of each set of three at 5-year intervals for detailed analysis of corrosion and abrasion damage. Data is also gathered annually by visual inspection, photographs and electrical measurements. The first report of findings is scheduled for 1973. Information obtained obtained from this installation should aid in estimating the life of steel piling with and without various forms of protection in similar marine environments.

Subject Headings: Piles | Pile tests | Corrosion | Material tests | Steel | Sea water | Cold-formed steel | Team building | Virginia | United States

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