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Nondestructive inspection of reinforced concrete structures
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Paper Abstract

This paper explores the feasibility of detecting and quantifying corrosion and delamination (separation) at the interface between reinforcing steel bars and concrete using ultrasonic guided waves. The problem of corrosion of the reinforcing steel in structures has increased significantly with time. Concrete is strengthened by the inclusion of the reinforcement steel such as deformed or corrugated steel bars. Bonding between the two materials plays a vital role in maximizing performance capacity of the structural members. Corrosion of reinforcing steel has led to premature deterioration of many concrete members before their design life is attained. It is therefore, important to be able to detect and measure the level of corrosion in reinforcing steel or delamination at the interface. The development and implementation of damage detection strategies, and the continuous health assessment of concrete structures then become a matter of utmost importance. The ultimate goal is to develop a nondestructive testing technique to quantify the amount of corrosion in the reinforcing steel. The guided mechanical wave approach has been explored towards the development of such methodology. The ultrasonic waves, specifically cylindrical guided waves, can propagate a long distance along the reinforcing steel bars and have been found to be sensitive to the interface conditions between steel bars and concrete. Ultrasonic transducers are used to launch and detect cylindrical guided waves along the steel bar.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7295, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2009, 72950M (8 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.815514
Show Author Affiliations
Tri Huu Miller, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Tamaki Yanagita, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Tribikram Kundu, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Julian Grill, RWTH Aachen (Germany)
Wolfgang Grill, Univ. Leipzig (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7295:
Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2009
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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