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Nondestructive Testing Electrical Methods for Sensing Damages in Cement Mortar Beams

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This paper discusses the experimental results of concurrently measured Electrical and Acoustic Emissions in order to evaluate the mechanical health status of cement mortar beams subjected to three-point bending mechanical tests. In particular, the Electrical Resistance and the Electrical Current emissions are recorded concurrent with Acoustic Emissions and the experimental results are discussed under the concept of crack initiation and propagation processes. For the first time, the electrodes that are used for conducting the measurements are placed in the bulk of the specimen, near the tensile zone, during its preparation. The damage evolution is examined by monitoring the fractional change of the Electrical Resistance and the variation of the Electrical Current in combination with the Acoustic Emission recordings.


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C. Stergiopoulos, I. Stavrakas, G. Hloupis, A. Kyriazopoulos, D. Triantis, C. Anastasiadis and J. Stonham, "Nondestructive Testing Electrical Methods for Sensing Damages in Cement Mortar Beams," Open Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2013, pp. 50-55. doi: 10.4236/ojapps.2013.31008.

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