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In situ assessment of structural timber using stress-wave measurements

: Dackermann, Ulrike; Crews, Keith; Kasal, Bohumil; Li, Jianchun; Riggio, Mariapaola; Rinn, Frank; Tannert, Thomas


Materials and structures 47 (2014), No.5, pp.787-803
ISSN: 0025-5432
ISSN: 1359-5997
Journal Article
Fraunhofer WKI ()

This paper summarizes the test recommendations for in situ assessment of structural timber using stress wave measurements as developed by members of the RILEM Technical Committee AST 215 "In-situ assessment of structural timber". In the first part, the basic principles, the equipment, and the practical application of stress-wave-based testing using the time-of-flight method are described. A detailed testing procedure provides hands-on information on the execution of in-field stress wave testing. A typical example is given to demonstrate step-by-step on how to evaluate stress wave readings and the health state of the inspected timber member. The latter part of the paper gives a short overview of the use of acoustic tomography and ultrasonic echo methods.