Epoxy-coated Reinforcement: A Historical Performance Review

Report No: 97-IR1

Published in 1996

About the report:

This report is a historical performance review of epoxy-coated reinforcement. The information in this report is presented in chronological order starting from the early 1970's, when the first bridge with epoxy-coated reinforcement was built, and ending with the presentation at the 1993 TRB sessions, where findings from the latest research investigations were revealed. The report includes background information on fundamental applications of epoxy-coated reinforcing steel. Major laboratory studies, which addressed corrosion resistance and bond strength issues, are presented. Field investigations of meaningful structures with successful application of epoxy -coated reinforcing steel as well as structures with total failure of epoxy-coated reinforcement are also presented. The report also includes transcripted presentations, from the 1993 TRB sessions, which addressed quality control, adhesion characteristics, and other factors associated with long-term performance of epoxy-coated reinforcing steel. Conclusions from the laboratory and field investigations, as well as from the presentations of 1993 TRB sessions are presented.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Jerzy Zemajtis, Richard E. Weyers, Wallace T. McKeel, Jr., P.E., Michael M. Sprinkel, P.E.

Last updated: December 16, 2023

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