Non-destructive Intrinsic Self-sensing Method for Health Monitoring of Sub- and Superstructures

  • M. VinothkumarEmail author
  • R. Malathy
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 29)


Origination of cracks, deterioration and damages of structures such as bridges and tunnels has become a common problem. The loss of design strength due to the internal and external factors will lead to the origination of defects and cracks, and so continuous use of these structure results in collapse. The cracks and defects are repaired by implementing the rehabilitation methods at the right time, and the structures can be saved. Here, an effective monitoring technique to detect damage in concrete structures is discussed. Utilization of sensors for monitoring is not very appropriate because of the lifespan, economic aspect, and maintenance and sensitivity problems. Instead of using the sensors, a new technique, which uses self-diagnosing conductive material (the material which identifies the defects by itself), is adopted for monitoring the health of the structure. The stress–strain behaviour under loading condition is monitored using the sensing ability. The sensing ability of the diagnosing material was evaluated through the electrical conductivity test. The defect identification was done by uniaxial electrical test. The mechanical strength properties were evaluated through the compression test. The incorporation of diagnosing material enhances both the mechanical and sensing properties. The monitoring can be done periodically through the self-sensing ability.


Origination of cracks Sensing ability Stress–strain behaviour Diagnosing material 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringSona College of TechnologySalemIndia

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