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7 April 2008 Image-based monitoring of structural damage: concrete surface cracks
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Nondestructive imaging has been a widely used approach for detection of local structural damage in the engineering community. By combining image analysis methods, quantities describing the type, severity and extent of damage can be extracted within the spatial domain of images. However, the current practice of structural health monitoring requires a temporal characterization of structural damage, or some correlation of structural damage with response data. To accomplish this, one needs to consider the time scale in using any of the nondestructive imaging techniques, which in turn demands the use of spatial-temporal image analysis. In this paper, we address the temporal occurrence of cracks on the surface of concrete structural members, and attempt to monitor cracks, including their inception and propagation, using temporal image data. We assume under some conditions for objects in a pair of temporal images that only planar rigid-body motion takes place in the image domain, while cracks are treated as a type of local anomaly. The unknown motion parameters are estimated by means of a manifold-based optimization procedure, and the obtained manifold distance (MD) measure is used as a motion-invariant feature to describe the temporal occurrence of concrete cracks. Numerical analyses are conducted with the use of video clips from two laboratory experiments. It is concluded in this paper that the MD-based spatial-temporal image analysis can be an effective means for monitoring local damage of structural components that occurs and is accompanied by structural motion induced by loading.
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ZhiQiang Chen, Barbara Chang, and Tara C. Hutchinson "Image-based monitoring of structural damage: concrete surface cracks", Proc. SPIE 6933, Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems 2008, 693310 (7 April 2008);

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