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An ultrasound monitoring system for concrete structures

: Wolf, Julia; Mielentz, Frank; Milmann, Boris; Helmerich, Rosemarie; Wiggenhauser, Herbert; Kurz, Jochen Horst; Moryson, Ralf M.; Samokrutov, Andrey; Alekhin, Sergey; Alver, Ninel

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Caner, Alp ; Middle East Technical University, Ankara:
IBridge 2014, Istanbul Bridge Conference 2014. Proceedings. Online resource : 11-13 August 2014, Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, 2014
ISBN: 978-605-64131-6-2
Paper 32, 9 pp.
Istanbul Bridge Conference (IBridge) <2014, Istanbul>
European Commission EC
FP7; RUS11/E08/01DJ11008; UNeCOM
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IZFP ()
concrete; ultrasonic testing; embedded ultrasonic sensor

The research project "Ultrasonic Net for Concrete Monitoring (UNeCOM)" aims at developing a methodology for an embedded ultrasonic network for the condition assessment of infrastructure constructions. Civil engineering structures made of concrete, which are located in tectonically active regions or undergo special loading conditions, may require continuous monitoring. It is important to assess the condition of the building and its stability to recognise and classify the effect of a seismic event or evolving damage at early stages before failure occurs. Embedded ultrasonic sensors offer the possibility to detect changes in the material and degradation mechanisms from inside the structure in areas which are difficult or impossible to inspect otherwise. In contrast to conventional ultrasonic testing methods, where the concrete surfaces are scanned with ultrasound probes, this new approach uses sensors, which are embedded into concrete, eliminating the effect of variable coupling conditions between sensors and concrete. This method allows an integral detection of changes in the concrete structure, for example due to seismic activities, to detect mechanical impacts, as well as degradation of the material due to overloading. Such methods have great relevance especially for the monitoring of constructions like power plants, bridges, offshore structures and other structures with high technical safety requirements. The sensor network can be controlled remotely through the internet which is also being used for data transfer. The embedded sensor network is designed to monitor structural damage and concrete degradation globally with high sensitivity.