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Optimized Parameters Fitting of a Poro-Elastic Acoustic Model with Ultrasonic Measurements for the Monitoring of Corroding Rebar in Reinforced Concrete

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2023
Abstract/Description:
Traditional techniques of observing cracking within reinforced structures can be invasive, leading to an increased risk of added corrosion to structures already undergoing corrosive processes. The research presented in this document improves upon a nondestructive method for detecting early crack formation in reinforced concrete. This method includes using acoustic signaling to add a layer of salt water between the sensor and analyzed sample. Following the collection of surface and rebar echo responses, an adapted version of the novel Biot-Stoll method is used to model sound propagation for poro-elastic mediums. Testing of model parameters and variables has improved the root mean square error (RMSE) by up to 63.7% when studying the full signal, and up to 62.6% for the rebar echo locations. These improvements signify better curve fitting between simulated and measured responses, which lead to increased accuracy in the model parameter outputs.
Title: Optimized Parameters Fitting of a Poro-Elastic Acoustic Model with Ultrasonic Measurements for the Monitoring of Corroding Rebar in Reinforced Concrete.
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Name(s): Shaffer, Samuel , author
Beaujean, Pierre-Philippe , Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2023
Date Issued: 2023
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 195 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Traditional techniques of observing cracking within reinforced structures can be invasive, leading to an increased risk of added corrosion to structures already undergoing corrosive processes. The research presented in this document improves upon a nondestructive method for detecting early crack formation in reinforced concrete. This method includes using acoustic signaling to add a layer of salt water between the sensor and analyzed sample. Following the collection of surface and rebar echo responses, an adapted version of the novel Biot-Stoll method is used to model sound propagation for poro-elastic mediums. Testing of model parameters and variables has improved the root mean square error (RMSE) by up to 63.7% when studying the full signal, and up to 62.6% for the rebar echo locations. These improvements signify better curve fitting between simulated and measured responses, which lead to increased accuracy in the model parameter outputs.
Identifier: FA00014265 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (MS)--Florida Atlantic University, 2023.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Reinforced concrete
Reinforcing bars--Corrosion
Ultrasonic testing
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