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Damage characterization in dimension limestone cladding using noncollinear ultrasonic wave mixing
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Paper Abstract

A method capable of characterizing artificial weathering damage in dimension stone cladding using access to one side only is presented. Dolomitic limestone test samples with increasing levels of damage were created artificially by exposing undamaged samples to increasing temperature levels of 100°C, 200°C, 300°C, 400°C, 500°C, 600°C, and 700°C for a 90 min period of time. Using access to one side only, these test samples were nondestructively evaluated using a nonlinear approach based upon noncollinear wave mixing, which involves mixing two critically refracted dilatational ultrasonic waves. Criteria were used to assure that the detected scattered wave originated via wave interaction in the limestone and not from nonlinearities in the testing equipment. Bending tests were used to evaluate the flexure strength of beam samples extracted from the artificially weathered samples. It was observed that the percentage of strength reduction is linearly correlated (R2=98) with the temperature to which the specimens were exposed; it was noted that samples exposed to 400°C and 600°C had a strength reduction of 60% and 90%, respectively. It was also observed that results from the noncollinear wave mixing approach correlated well (R2=0.98) with the destructively obtained percentage of strength reduction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2015
PDF: 12 pages
Opt. Eng. 55(1) 011012 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.55.1.011012
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 55, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Megan E. McGovern, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Henrique L. Reis, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)

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