A review on ultrasonic monitoring of concrete

Authors: Ernst Niederleithinger (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung) , Eric Larose (ISTERRE) , Odile Abraham (IFSTTAR)

  • A review on ultrasonic monitoring of concrete


    A review on ultrasonic monitoring of concrete

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The propagation of ultrasonic waves in concrete is affected by its micro- and macro-structure, geometry and properties as well as external influences as stress, temperature or moisture. In addition, age and degradation have a strong influence. Therefore, Ultrasound has been used to monitor concrete samples and structures since decades. However, early applications using conventional techniques as time-of flight or changes in amplitudes have been limited to detect changes in a late stage close to serviceability or ultimate load states. Around 2000, several new, more sensitive techniques adopted from geophysics or other field of material sciences have been introduced to research in ultrasonic monitoring of concrete. The most discussed methodologies are coda wave interferometry, a technique which allows to detect very subtle changes from repeated ultrasonic measurements. Nonlinear acoustic techniques help to identify e. g. cracks even in an inhomogeneous background. Both techniques can be combined. This paper reviews methods and results achieved so far on the laboratory scale and with full scale models the directions for future research and application is given as well.

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Niederleithinger, E., Larose, E. & Abraham, O., (2019) “A review on ultrasonic monitoring of concrete”, Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation .

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Published on
03 Dec 2019
Peer Reviewed