Acoustic Emission for Evaluating the Reinforcement Effectiveness in Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Anastasios C. Mpalaskas, Theodore E. Matikas, Dimitrios G. Aggelis, Ninel Alver

Onderzoeksoutput: Articlepeer review

6 Citaten (Scopus)
67 Downloads (Pure)


Steel fiber reinforcement in concrete strongly enhances its ductility and toughness. This is basically due to the additional fracture mechanisms and energy used to overcome the interlocking and adhesion between the fibers and the cementitious matrix. The enhancement of the final properties is measured by mechanical tests and can be assessed only at the end of loading. These processes can be targeted and monitored by acoustic emission (AE) indices offering real-time characterization of the material’s performance much earlier than the final failure or the termination of loading. In this study, steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC) beams were tested in bending with simultaneous AE monitoring. Tests conducted independently in different laboratories confirm that the AE behavior at low load levels is very indicative of the amount of reinforcement and consequently, of the final mechanical properties. The reason is that the reinforcement phase is activated through shear stresses in its interphase, a mechanism that is more profound in the presence of higher fiber content, and correspondingly is absent in plain unreinforced material. This finding opens the way to characterize the effectiveness of reinforcement with just a proof loading at less than 30% of the final load bearing capacity.

Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's13
TijdschriftApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Nummer van het tijdschrift9
StatusPublished - mei 2021


Duik in de onderzoeksthema's van 'Acoustic Emission for Evaluating the Reinforcement Effectiveness in Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete'. Samen vormen ze een unieke vingerafdruk.

Citeer dit