MATERIALS ENGINEERING AND TESTING SERVICES
Office of Structural Materials
Corrosion and Structural Concrete Field Investigation Branch (CSCFI)
The CSCFI is responsible for providing corrosion mitigation
services for the Department. Expertise within the section includes corrosion
evaluation; cathodic protection design and monitoring; corrosion testing of
soil, water, and concrete; ASTM salt fog exposure testing; and electrochemical
The Corrosion Technology Branch provides corrosion related services to the Department in a wide range of activities included in the design, construction, and maintenance of California's transportation system.
The Branch performs corrosion reviews of structure plans and specifications; provides corrosion recommendations for foundation and piling designs; designs cathodic protection systems for bridge decks, bridge foundations, retaining wails, and pump stations; performs corrosion reviews for materials, geotechnical and foundation reports; and performs corrosion reviews for encroachment permits. The Branch's involvement in these areas insures that effective and economical corrosion mitigation alternatives are considered in the project development and design phases. In addition, the Branch develops and maintains corrosion guidelines to provide state-of-the-art information related to corrosion control of structures.
The Branch performs corrosion testing services. These services include corrosion testing of soil and water for culverts, structure foundations and mechanically stabilized embankment (MSE) walls; corrosion testing of concrete for structure rehabilitation projects; evaluating new products for corrosion control; and maintaining a database of corrosion related information from throughout the State.
The Branch also provides technical assistance to construction and maintenance personnel. This includes providing inspection assistance during the construction of bridge cathodic protection systems, providing corrosion consultation services for both new and retrofit construction projects, performing condition surveys of existing reinforced concrete bridges, monitoring and maintaining bridge cathodic protection systems throughout the State, and providing corrosion evaluations of new and existing MSE wall installations.
California Tests Used by the CSCFI Branch:
Method for Determining Field and Laboratory Resistivity and pH Measurements for Soil and Water
|CT 417||Method of Testing Soils and Waters for Sulfate Content|
|CT 422||Method of Testing Soils and Waters for Chloride Content|
|CT 404||Test Method for the Chemical Analysis of Portland Cement, Portland Cement Concrete, Fly Ash, Pozzolan, and Blended Cement|
Authorized Material Lists maintained by CSCFI
- Fusion-Bonded Epoxy Powder Coatings for Reinforcing Steel
- Corrosion Protection Systems Mechanical Butt Splices, Butt Welds, and Lap Welds on Epoxy Coated Reinforcement
|916-227-6939||Corrosion reports for soils, concrete, Culverts and field investigations for structures, Review of CIDH pile design data forms and assisting SMI with structure investigations|
Materials and Research Engineering Associate
|916-227-5297||Corrosion testing of soils, Concrete and water, MSE wall corrosion testing and assisting SMI with structure investigations|