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Automated multi-sensor systems in civil engineering for condition assessment of concrete structures

: Stoppel, M.; Taffe, A.; Wiggenhauser, H.; Kurz, J.H.; Boller, C.

Grantham, M.:
Concrete solutions. Concrete solutions, 4th International Conference on Concrete Repair 2011. Proceedings : Dresden, Germany, 26 - 28 September 2011
Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-415-61622-5
ISBN: 978-0-203-13468-9 (eBook)
International Conference on Concrete Repair <4, 2011, Dresden>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IZFP ()

Infrastructure is subject to continuous ageing. This has given life cycle management of infrastructure an important role. Therefore an increasing demand for reliable inspection and monitoring tools is noticeable. A combination of different non-destructive test methods is often necessary to receive reliable results for material characterization, flaw detection and the determination of component specific geometry parameters. Regarding concrete structures, thickness measurements are combined with flaw detection and additional information about reinforcement and tendon ducts is required. Therefore, a multi-sensor measurement approach is necessary with a high degree of automation. Otherwise a time consuming succession of manual measurements has to be performed which would prevent practical applications. A modular control and data acquisition approach is described and the application of two different automated measurement devices is shown. The BetoScan system consists of a se lf-navigating mobile robot. The system is especially designed for the investigation of reinforced concrete slabs or bridge decks exposed to de-icing salts. The data acquisition of the OSSCAR system, a multi-sensor scanner, is similar to the robot approach. These different applications are based on a similar kernel allowing the modular use of different contact and non-contact sensors. The described general concept of multi-sensor data acquisition and data analysis presented here is not limited to the field of civil engineering applications.