In this study, the impact of corrosion in S400 grade of reinforcing steel bar as for the mechanical performance on seismic loads (low-cycle fatigue LCF) was investigated. The mechanical performance and life expectancy of S400 grade of reinforcing steel bar on seismic loads was evaluated based on the strength degradation (reduction of maximum strength) during its loading time period, under corrosion or not circumstances. The results show that corrosion level, as a parameter, has a negative influence on the seismic performance of steel bar. Therefore, a phenomenological hysteretic model of non-corroded and corroded steel bar was also conducted considering two levels of imposed deformation (±2.5 % & ±4 %). The effectiveness of material model was validated through comparison with experimental data being in a good agreement with the observed experimental results. At this point, a lower limit value (threshold) of upper tensile and compression load was also introduced, in order to predict the performance and the useful life duration (number of cycles) of a Reinforced-Concrete (R/C) member. That could lead to warning signs of awakening in order not to use unreliable parts of R/C in existing structures, prior to their life expectancy.Keywords: Steel rebar, corrosion, seismic performance, material model, life expectancy
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