This study describes a laboratory investigation of the influence of thiosemicarbazide (TSC) on the corrosion of reinforcing steel and the compressive strength of concrete. The effect of TSC on the corrosion resistance of steel reinforced concrete was evaluated by carrying out electrochemical tests in NaCl and NaCl + TSC solutions for 60 days. Polarisation resistance (R(P)) values of TSC added reinforced concrete were much higher than those without TSC. Similarly, AC impedance spectra revealed that the resistance of TSC mixed electrodes were also quite higher than those without. The compressive strength of concrete specimens containing TSC was measured and an increase of 20-25% was observed. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.