The monitoring of concrete buildings is important to assess their solidity and promptly intervene in case of damage. Concrete structures suffer the formation of micro-cracks and the propagation of macro-cracks, due to ageing or to mechanical stresses. These cracks are sources of acoustic emission, and can be distinguished according to the frequency and intensity of the acoustic wave they generate; thus, transducers with high sensitivity and wide bandwidth are needed. Flextensional piezoelectric transducers are known for these characteristics, which make them suitable for acoustic emission applications. For this reason, we designed a flextensional transducer optimized for acoustic emission techniques applied to concrete structures. The performance of the device in receive mode in concrete-coupled operation was investigated by running harmonic analyses on a finite element model. The geometrical parameters of the device were designed in order to obtain a broadband receive sensitivity.
|Titolo:||An Ultrasonic Flextensional Array for Acoustic Emission Techniques on Concrete Structures|
LA MURA, MONICA (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1.1 Proceedings con DOI|