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Influence of axial loads on the health monitoring of concrete structures using embedded piezoelectric transducers

Liu, T, Zou, D, Du, C and Wang, Y (2016) Influence of axial loads on the health monitoring of concrete structures using embedded piezoelectric transducers Structural Health Monitoring: an international journal.

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Abstract

Piezoceramic-based smart aggregate has been widely used to evaluate early-age concrete strength and to detect damage in concrete structures. In these structural health monitoring systems, they are generally verified and calibrated through experiments under load-free condition. However, the stress levels of actual concrete members are different. The microstructures of concrete will change with the variation of external load, and the high-frequency waves used in the monitoring system may be highly sensitive to these changes. In this study, the effects of axial compressive loading on the monitoring results are investigated. Specifically, three loading cases, that is, single cycle load, cyclic load, and step-by-step load, are employed to stress the concrete specimens embedded with smart aggregates. The amplitude and velocity of monitoring signals were measured before, during, and after each loading case. The test results show that the axial load lower than 30% of failure load still have a significant impact on the received signals. The amplitude attenuation is dependent on both frequency and load history, while the velocity is highly stress-dependent. The results indicate that the baselines of monitoring signals obtained from the same concrete structure in its healthy state can vary under different stress levels. The axial load variation should be carefully considered during the monitoring process. This study also provides a potential method to assess stress state in concrete structures using smart aggregates.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Civil Engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Liu, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Zou, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Du, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wang, YUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 6 October 2016
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1177/1475921716670573
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2016 by SAGE Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords : Health monitoring, concrete structures, compressive loads, amplitude and velocity, piezoelectric transducers
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 04 Nov 2016 15:30
Last Modified : 04 Nov 2016 15:30
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812751

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