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Damage and fracture processes of concrete using acoustic emission parameters
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  • Journal title : Computers and Concrete
  • Volume 18, Issue 2,  2016, pp.267-278
  • Publisher : Techno-Press
  • DOI : 10.12989/cac.2016.18.2.267
 Title & Authors
Damage and fracture processes of concrete using acoustic emission parameters
Fan, Xiangqian; Hu, Shaowei; Lu, Jun;
 Abstract
In order to observe the internal damage of concrete in real time, we introduced acoustic emission nondestructive detecting technology into a series of fracture tests; the test results revealed the whole process that concrete undergoes when it sustains damage that leads to failure, according to the change rules of the acoustic emission parameters. The results showed that both the initiation and unstable loads can be accurately determined using the abrupt change of the acoustic emission rate curves and the turning point of the acoustic emission parameters` accumulative curves. The whole process, from damage to failure, includes five phases, beginning with damage, such as cracking, a stable crack growth process, a critical unstable stage, and unstable propagation. The brittle fracture characteristics of concrete change when steel bars are joined, because the steel bars and the concrete structure bond, which causes an increase in the acoustic emission signals within the fracture process of the reinforced concrete. The unstable propagation stage is also extended. Our research results provide a valid methodology and technical explanations, which can help researchers to monitor the cracking process of concrete structures, in real time, during actual projects.
 Keywords
concrete;reinforced concrete;damage and fracture process;acoustic emission parameters;experimental study;
 Language
English
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