Identification of zero effect state in corroded RCC structures using guided waves and embedded piezoelectric wafer ransducers (PWT)

Rajeshwara C. S., Sauvik Banerjee, Ye Lu

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Reinforced cement concrete (RCC) structures are prone to damages such as corrosion of reinforcement, surface cracking, debonding and the like. The corrosion process results in two effects, namely, reduction in the diameter of rebar and debonding at the steel/concrete interface. Several researchers have worked to establish a correlation between intrinsic damage features and guide wave signal characteristics. However, the work till date is focused mainly on identifying the individual damage phenomenon, and few researchers have attempted to correlate the combined effect of these damage parameters. Therefore, it is an impending task to study the combined influence of corrosion and debonding on wave characteristics and to establish methods to distinguish and correctly quantify the damage level. A three-dimensional finite element model of a RCC beam is developed in the Abaqus software by using an explicit method in order to study wave propagation in an RCC beam after including the two effects of corrosion. The implicit and explicit models are co-executed using standard-explicit co-simulation. It is observed that the reduction in diameter would result in the diminishing of the guided wave amplitude, whereas debonding results in an increase in the guided wave amplitude. It is found that these two complimentary effects on wave features result in a signal that has the same wave features as undamaged rebar that is surrounded by concrete, which could be termed as the zero effect state.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th Asia Pacific Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, 6th APWSHM
Subtitle of host publication7th to 9th December 2016, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
EditorsWing Kong Chiu, Steve Galea, Akira Mita, Nobuo Takeda
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventAsia-Pacific Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2016 - Hobart, Australia
Duration: 7 Dec 20169 Dec 2016
Conference number: 6th

Publication series

NameProcedia Engineering
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN (Electronic)1877-7058


WorkshopAsia-Pacific Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2016
Abbreviated titleAPWSHM 2016


  • Corrosion
  • Concealed damage
  • Concrete
  • Debonding
  • Guided waves

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