Multisensor data fusion for impact-echo testing of concrete structures

Ying Zhang, Xiangmin Wei, Yi Te Tsai, Jinying Zhu, Farhad A. Fetrat, Nenad Gucunski

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Based on the investigation of spatial variations of impact-echo signals for different source and receiver locations, a simple multisensor data fusion strategy is proposed to increase the accuracy of nondestructive evaluation of concrete structures using the impact-echo test. The data fusion strategy fuses the ratios between spectral amplitudes of the delamination and concrete bottom echo signals (D/B ratios) from multiple source-receiver arrays. The fused D/B ratios demonstrate different characteristics for test locations above the delamination, above the sound concrete, and across the delamination boundary. These characteristics can be used to accurately locate the delamination and its boundaries without increasing testing time. The applicability of the multisensor data fusion for impact-echo testing is validated using both numerical simulation and experimental testings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075021
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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