Materials and Structures

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 221–227 | Cite as

Relative damage evaluation of concrete in a road bridge by AE rate-process analysis

  • Tetsuya Suzuki
  • Masayasu Ohtsu
  • Mitsuhiro Shigeishi
Original Article


It is widely reported and realized that durability of concrete decreases due to such effects, as salt and chemical attack, freezing and thawing, and carbonation and fatigue. In existing structures mechanical damage of concrete has been practically estimated from the strength by a compression test and a rebound hammer test. For effective maintenance of concrete structures, it is necessary to evaluate quantitatively not only the strength of concrete but also the degree of damage. Quantitative damage evaluation of structural concrete is proposed by applying acoustic emission (AE) technique and damage mechanics. Consequently, damage evaluation is conducted on concrete cores of an existing structure.

Core-samples were collected from an arch fragment of a reinforced concrete road bridge that had been in service for 87 years. Compressive strengths and Young’s moduli were measured during the compression test along with AE measurement. Dynamic Young’s moduli were also calculated from the longitudinal wave velocity. Thus the relative damages are quantitatively evaluated from static and dynamic Young's moduli and compared with results of AE rate-process analysis.


Compressive Strength Acoustic Emission Damage Evaluation Acoustic Emission Event Longitudinal Wave Velocity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tetsuya Suzuki
    • 3
  • Masayasu Ohtsu
    • 1
  • Mitsuhiro Shigeishi
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Science & TechnologyKumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of EngineeringKumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan
  3. 3.College of Bio-resource ScienceNihon UniversityShizuokaJapan

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