By R A King, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
This paper was first published in GE’s October 1978 issue and is based on a lecture given by the author at last year’s TRRL/Heriot-Watt University symposium on reinforced earth.
An introduction to the fundamentals of soil corrosion is given. The factors which affect the corrosion of metallic reinforcements in reinforced earth structures are outlined and major areas of risk in structures identified. A brief outline is given of the TRRL sponsored research programme into corrosion problems in reinforced earth structures.