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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(11), 2304; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8112304

Feasibility Study of Steel Bar Corrosion Monitoring Using a Piezoceramic Transducer Enabled Time Reversal Method

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Key Laboratory of Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
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School of Civil Engineering, Changsha University of Science and Technology, Changsha 410114, China
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Received: 4 October 2018 / Revised: 14 November 2018 / Accepted: 15 November 2018 / Published: 19 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Structural Damage Detection and Health Monitoring)
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Steel bars, which are commonly used as reinforcements in concrete structures, are slender rods and are good conduits for stress wave propagation. In this paper, a lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-based steel bar corrosion monitoring approach was proposed. Two PZT transducers are surface-bonded on the two ends of a steel rod, respectively. One works as actuator to generate stress waves, and the other functions as a sensor to detect the propagated stress waves. Time reverse technology was applied in this research to monitor the corrosion of the steel bars with a high signal to noise ratio (SNR). Accelerated corrosion experiments of steel bars were conducted. The anti-corrosion performance of the protected piezoceramic transducers was tested first, and then they were used to monitor the corrosion of the steel bar using the time reversal method. The degree of corrosion in the steel bar was determined by the ratio of mass loss during the experiment. The experimental results show that the peak values of the signal that were obtained by time reversal operation are linearly related to the degree of corrosion of the steel bar, which demonstrates the feasibility of the proposed approach for monitoring the corrosion of steel bars using the time reversal method enabled by piezoceramic transducers. View Full-Text
Keywords: piezoceramic transducer; steel bar; corrosion detection; time reversal method; structural health monitoring piezoceramic transducer; steel bar; corrosion detection; time reversal method; structural health monitoring
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Huo, L.; Li, C.; Jiang, T.; Li, H.-N. Feasibility Study of Steel Bar Corrosion Monitoring Using a Piezoceramic Transducer Enabled Time Reversal Method. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 2304.

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