Early detection of corrosion in reinforced concrete using ultrasonic-guided waves

N. Habbaba, S. Mustapha, Y. Lu

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Reinforced Concrete is one of the most widely used composite materials in the modern construction industry, but corrosion has become a significant problem worldwide, resulting in exceptionally high maintenance costs. To maintain structural integrity and safety, robust nondestructive techniques are required. Ultrasonic-guided wave (UGW) based monitoring has proven to be sensitive to a wide range of flaws, since they can propagate for long distances to inspect larger areas. Corrosion causes delamination between the reinforcing steel and concrete interface, which affects the wave propagation characteristics. In this study, we aimed at detecting early corrosion in steel-reinforced concrete by relying on UGW. Hence, UGW propagation in steel bars embedded in concrete and the inspection of leaked energy from one bar to another through propagating in the concrete medium was investigated. Since natural corrosion is a slow process, an accelerated corrosion setup was used to induce artificial corrosion using the impressed voltage approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife-Cycle of Structures and Infrastructure Systems - Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, IALCCE 2023
EditorsFabio Biondini, Dan M. Frangopol
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781003323020
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventInternational Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering 2023 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 2 Jul 20236 Jul 2023
Conference number: 8th
https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-edit/10.1201/9781003323020/life-cycle-structures-infrastructure-systems-fabio-biondini-dan-frangopol?refId=862fd822-7d97-4c3d-b6d0-4e6cb7c4ed1e&context=ubx (Proceedings)
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ConferenceInternational Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering 2023
Abbreviated titleIALCCE 2023
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