Special Issue "Acoustic Methods in Building Materials for Degradation and Repair Assessment"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Acoustics and Vibrations".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 515

Special Issue Editors

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, 451 10 Ioannina, Greece
Interests: acoustic emission; nondestructive evaluation; civil engineering; ultrasound; mechanical testing; restoration of building construction
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Department of Mechanics of Materials and Constructions, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Pleinlaan 2, BE-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Interests: self-healing materials; fibre/textile reinforced cementitious composites; concrete; thermosetting polymers; NDT methods, structural health monitoring; structures repair/restoration
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cement-based structures are the basis of contemporary technical civilization. They support transportation, storage of goods, and shelter humans in large numbers. They are subject to long-term service loading due to their own weight, dynamic loading scenarios, including earthquakes, as well as environmental degradation, or even accidental scenarios like fire or blasting. Building materials such as concrete, cementitious composites, and natural stones need to undergo inspection and evaluation of their health condition, while proper maintenance actions should be proposed. Among monitoring methodologies that fully and effectively assess structural integrity, acoustic methods have been commonly applied on a wide basis. They offer specific advantages, among others real-time monitoring of defect propagation, damage source localization, empirical alarms based on degradation progress, and multiscale inspection in high fidelity. Repair, maintenance, and restoration strategies are designed based on the acoustics monitoring outcome, and their effectiveness is eventually assessed based on acoustics inspection, making this nondestructive methodology a key element that ensures structures’ longetivity and optimal usage.

Dr. Anastasios Mpalaskas
Dr. Eleni Tsangouri
Guest Editors

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  • Concrete
  • Cementitious Composites
  • Natural Stone
  • Corrosion
  • Fire
  • Fatigue
  • Damage
  • Repair
  • Healing
  • Acoustic Emission

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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