Acoustic emission monitoring for assessment of prestressed concrete beams

Mohamed K. Elbatanouny, Paul H. Ziehl, Aaron Larosche, Jesé Mangual, Fabio Matta, Antonio Nanni

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Acoustic emission (AE) was used to monitor eight prestressed concrete (PC) T-shaped beams that were tested per the ACI 437 cyclic load test (CLT) method. Limited research has examined the validity of this test method for PC structures. The study aims to explore the use of AE for damage evaluation as a supplement to conventional measurements used to assess the condition of a structure based on the CLT acceptance criteria. The beams had different initial conditions: five specimens were pre-cracked and corroded to different corrosion levels while the remaining unconditioned beams served as control specimens. AE enabled to monitor the accumulation of damage during the load tests and damage quantification charts based on AE data are presented. These charts allowed determining load test failure with better sensitivity than the existing ACI 437 evaluation criteria. The charts enabled the assessment of damage regardless of the specimens' initial condition. In addition, it is shown that accurate damage source location and crack mapping can be achieved by using suitably filtered AE data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-53
Number of pages8
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
StatePublished - May 15 2014


  • Acoustic emission
  • Corrosion
  • Cyclic load test (CLT)
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Prestressed concrete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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