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21 April 2008 Damage detection in concrete and cementitious composites
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Traditionally ultrasonic testing is used to estimate the extent of damage in a concrete structure. However Pulse-velocity and amplitude attenuation methods are not very reliable, and are difficult to reveal early damage of concrete. In a previous study, a new active modulation approach, Nonlinear Active Wave Modulation Spectroscopy, was developed and found promising for early detection of damage in concrete. In this procedure, a probe wave is passed through the system in a fashion similar to regular acoustic methods for inspection. Simultaneously, a second, low-frequency modulating wave is applied to the system to effectively change the size and stiffness of flaws microscopically and cyclically, thereby causing the frequency modulation to change cyclically as well. It has been also shown that it is advantageous to apply the Hilbert-Huang transform to decompose nonlinear non-stationary time-domain responses of plain concrete. Such procedure leads to improving the damage detection sensitivity of this modulation method in concrete. In this paper, further investigation on mortar and fiber reinforced concrete will be presented and discussed.
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Hwai-Chung Wu and P. Frank Pai "Damage detection in concrete and cementitious composites", Proc. SPIE 6935, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2008, 69351K (21 April 2008);

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