In the present paper the mechanical and acoustic emission (AE) behaviors of full-scale reinforced concrete beams are evaluated. One of the beams was constructed in two parts, which were assembled later in order to evaluate the effect of the joints in the structural behavior. The load was applied by means of a four-point-bending configuration. It is revealed that at initial stages of loading, the conventional measurements of strain and deflection, as well as pulse velocity, do not show any discrepancy, although the structural performance of the two beams is eventually proven to be quite different. On the contrary, AE parameters, even from early load steps, indicate that the damage accumulation is much faster in the assembled beam. This is confirmed by the calculated sources of AE events which are close to the construction joints. The results show that the AE technique is suitable to monitor the deterioration process of full-scale structures and yields valuable information that cannot be obtained at the early stages of damage by any other way.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of engineering mechanics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2010|
- Acoustic methods
- Concrete beams
- Load bearing capacity