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Ultrasonic Monitoring On Glass Fiber Reinforced Cement (GRC) Bending Test

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MC150131

Volume

90

Pages

10

Page Range

149 - 158

Published

2015

Size

459 kb

Author(s)

V. Genovés, J. Gosálbez, R. Miralles, L. Soriano, J. Payá

Abstract

Glass fiber reinforced cement (GRC) is a composite material based on Portland cement and alkali resistant glass fibers. This composite has good mechanical properties including toughness and flexural strength. The characterization of this material is carried out by four points bending test. During this test, elastic and plastic behaviour are identified from load vs. deflection curves. The scope of the research is to monitor this bending test by means on ultrasonic pulses in order to detect changes on the material and to correlate them with mechanical behaviour. In this sense, pulse velocity, energy, attenuation and non-linearities of the ultrasonic received signals have been analysed. First changes in energy, attenuation and nonlinearities were detected during the change from elastic to plastic step and the first pulse velocity change were observed during the plastic step.

Keywords

glass fiber reinforced cement, ultrasound, attenuation, bending test, pulse velocity, non-linearities, energy