Nondestructive Monitoring Techniques for Crack Detection and Localization in RC Elements

Marco Domaneschi, Gianni Niccolini, Giuseppe Lacidogna, Gian Paolo Cimellaro
2020 Applied Sciences  
This paper presents the structural and damage assessment of a reinforced concrete (RC) beam subjected to a four-point bending test until yielding of reinforcing steel. The deterioration progress was monitored using different nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques. The strain was measured by distributed fiber optic sensors (FOSs), embedded prior to concrete pouring. The initiation and propagation of cracks were monitored by acoustic emission (AE) sensors attached to the surface of the material.
more » ... ce of the material. The recorded AE activity results in good agreement with FOS strain measurements. The results of the integrated monitoring system are confirmed by visual observation of the actual crack pattern. At different loading steps, digital image correlation (DIC) analysis was also conducted.
doi:10.3390/app10093248 fatcat:aflaouuuhje45jtaarjaksxrye