Near-field microwave detection of disbond in carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites used for strengthening cement-based structures and disbond repair verification

B. Akuthota, D. Hughes, R. Zoughi, J. Myers, A. Nanni

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Abstract

The use of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites has been investigated in the past few years as a means to rehabilitate aging concrete structures. The detection of disbonds and delaminations between CFRP laminate and the concrete substrate is a critical issue in this area, as the presence of such defects adversely affects the effectiveness of the reinforcement. Thus, the development of a nondestructive testing (NDT) technique to detect these types of defects is of great interest in this field. Furthermore, any such method should also be capable of verifying the quality of the repair of such defects. Near-field microwave NDT techniques, utilizing open-ended rectangular waveguides, have shown great potential in the past for detecting delaminations and disbonds in complex composite structures. Microwave NDT techniques have the added advantages of providing real-time, noncontact, one-sided, rapid, and robust measurements. This paper presents the experimental results of detecting disbonds in a specially prepared CFRP reinforced mortar sample using near-field microwave NDT techniques, as well as the preliminary results showing the capability of this technique for verifying repair quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)540-546
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Composite materials
  • Fiber reinforced polymers
  • Microwaves
  • Nondestructive tests
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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