Dictionary FailureMaterial FailureFreeze-Thaw Resistance Freeze-Thaw Resistance Last updated: August 25, 2017 What Does Freeze-Thaw Resistance Mean? Freeze-thaw-resistance is the ability of certain materials such as concrete, coatings or other materials to withstand the highly destructive forces of cyclic freezing and thawing. Water is the prime source in assisting the freeze-thaw process. There are two main types of physical weathering in concrete structures and rocks: Freeze and thaw Freeze and expansion Freeze-thaw-resistance is also known as freezing and thawing resistance. Advertisement Corrosionpedia Explains Freeze-Thaw Resistance Freeze-thaw-resistance is a property shown by materials used for industrial structures, such as concrete and coatings, to resist cyclic freezing and melting. In the freeze-thaw process, water continuously seeps into cracks. When the water freezes and expands at low temperatures, it produces a tremendous amount of pressure on the pores of the concrete and any cracked concrete. In certain cases, if the pressure is greater than the tensile strength of the concrete, the cavities in the concrete where water has accumulated and frozen will dilate and rupture, thereby multiplying the cracks within the structure. The accumulative effect of successive freeze-thaw cycles and the disruption of paints, coatings and aggregates on the concrete structure can eventually cause expansion, cracking, scaling and crumbling of the concrete. Some chemicals that can lower the freezing point of water and thus reduce the freeze-thaw process are sodium chloride, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and potassium chloride. Advertisement Synonyms Freezing and Thawing Resistance Share This Term> Related Terms Corrosion Critical Crack Size Weathering Flakes Tensile Strength Concrete Checking for Corrosion Related Reading An Intro to the Duplex System for Corrosion Protection Why Concrete Delamination Occurs – and What to Do About It An Expert Guide To Accurate Cathodic Protection Measurements Leveraging AI for Enhanced Corrosion Control in Oil Pipelines Corrosion Jobs: How to Become a Corrosion Technician in 2023 The 6 Corrosive Components That Can Be Found in Crude Oil Tags Markets Environments Prevention Substrates Infrastructure Temperature Preventative Coatings Concrete Failure Scientific Properties Substances Procedures Industries Corrosion Prevention Substance Characteristics Physical Property General Procedures Material Failure Highways and Bridges Trending Articles Corrosion An Introduction to the Galvanic Series: Galvanic Compatibility and Corrosion Chemical Compound 5 Most Common Types of Metal Coatings that Everyone Should Know About Asset Management Understanding Aluminum Corrosion Asset Management If Copper is a Noble Metal then Why Are My Pipes Corroding?