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Monitoring of cracks in historic concrete structures using optical, thermal and acoustical methods

: Maierhofer, C.; Krankenhagen, R.; Myrach, P.; Meinhardt, J.; Kalisch, U.; Hennen, C.; Mecke, R.; Seidl, T.; Schiller, M.


Toniolo, L.:
Built Heritage: Monitoring Conservation Management
Cham: Springer, 2015 (Research for Development)
ISBN: 3-319-08532-8
ISBN: 978-3-319-08533-3
ISBN: 978-3-319-08532-6
Book Article
Fraunhofer IFF ()

Cracks are a major issue in the field of cultural heritage. In order to evaluate the significance of a crack, a long term monitoring of the damaged region is required. However, there is a lack of easy to operate tools for such monitoring measures. Therefore, new or existing methods for other applications have to be optimised for cultural heritage investigation. The paper describes the application of such crack observation methods on a historic concrete sculpture. Beside conventional methods, like mapping by hand and ultrasonic depth profiling, a novel tracking system is presented. Furthermore, the suitability of active thermography for the investigation of cracks was investigated. The results show promising prospects for these non-destructive techniques.