Identification of pitting corrosion in steel bars and rebars embedded in concrete using ultrasonic guided waves

Rajeshwara C. Sriramadasu, Ye Lu, Sauvik Banerjee

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In this paper ultrasonic guided waves generated by surface bonded piezoelectric wafer transducers (PWTs) are deployed to identify localised corrosion in steel bars, which is simulated in the laboratory using the impressed current method. It is observed that flexural mode F(1,1) has high sensitivity to the corrosion in simple steel bars as well as embedded steel reinforcement bars (rebars). The variation of group velocity of F(1,1) mode for various level corrosion is studied. Group velocity has direct linear correlation with the mass loss in steel bars while corrosion in embedded rebars has a complex nature. However, various phases of corrosion in embedded steel rebars can still be interpreted using the change in wave velocity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures, ICASS 2018
EditorsSiu Lai Chan, Tak-Ming Chan, Songye Zhu
PublisherHong Kong Institution of Steel Construction
ISBN (Electronic)9889914093, 9789889914097
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventInternational Conferences on Advances in Steel Structures 2018 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 5 Dec 20187 Dec 2018
Conference number: 9th


ConferenceInternational Conferences on Advances in Steel Structures 2018
Abbreviated titleICASS 2018
CityHong Kong


  • Corrosion
  • Flexural mode
  • Guided waves
  • Impressed current method
  • Piezoelectric wafer transducers (PWTs)
  • Steel bars

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