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Detection of onset of failure in prestressed strands by cluster analysis of acoustic emissions

Detection of onset of failure in prestressed strands by cluster analysis of acoustic emissions

Ercolino, Marianna, Farhidzadeh, Alireza, Salamone, Salvatore and Magliulo, Gennaro (2015) Detection of onset of failure in prestressed strands by cluster analysis of acoustic emissions. Structural Monitoring and Maintenance, 2 (4). pp. 339-355. ISSN 2288-6605 (Print), 2288-6613 (Online) (doi:10.12989/smm.2015.2.4.339)

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Abstract

Corrosion of prestressed concrete structures is one of the main challenges that engineers face today. In response to this national need, this paper presents the results of a long-term project that aims at developing a structural health monitoring (SHM) technology for the nondestructive evaluation of prestressed structures. In this paper, the use of permanently installed low profile piezoelectric transducers (PZT) is proposed in order to record the acoustic emissions (AE) along the length of the strand. The results of an accelerated corrosion test are presented and k-means clustering is applied via principal component analysis (PCA) of AE features to provide an accurate diagnosis of the strand health. The proposed approach shows good correlation between acoustic emissions features and strand failure. Moreover, a clustering technique for the identification of false alarms is proposed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2015 Techno-Press, Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corrosion, Acoustic emission, Principal component analysis, K-means method
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Engineering Science
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 13:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14270

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