Evaluating the effect of corrosion on shear-critical RC beams by integrated NDT

Yang Gao, B. Suryanto, Hwa Kian Chai*, Michael C. Forde

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Integrated non-destructive testing (NDT) method consisting of acoustic emission (AE) and digital image correlation (DIC) was used to monitor and evaluate the load-behaviour of shear-critical reinforced concrete beams subjected to corrosion. Measurement data in the forms of mechanical load, deflection, surface strain and AE signals were processed and collectively analysed to facilitate interpretation of damage development and change of structural behaviour in a more comprehensive manner. Results show that when corrosion level increases, the failure mode of the beams changes from shear to flexure, leading to an increase in beam ductility. The steel-concrete bond deterioration caused the change of internal force transfer mechanism when beams were loaded, as indicated by DIC strain maps and AE b-value analysis. Integrated NDT method demonstrates the potential to intuitively and quantitatively indicate damage development of the RC specimen.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100050
JournalDevelopments in the Built Environment
Early online date8 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Shear-critical beams
  • Corrosion
  • Digital Image Correlation
  • Acoustic Emission
  • Integrated NDT


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