Acoustic Emission Equipment for Infrastructure Monitoring
Report no. MnDOT 1999-18
This system consists of acoustic emissions sensors, preamplifiers, filers, an AE monitor, and a digital oscilloscope. The system has been applied successfully to both steel and concrete structures and used to detect brittle fracture and low-cycle fatigue failures in welded steel joints and crack propagation in cover-plated rolled bridge girders, in the field and in the laboratory. The AE system detected initial cracking during the flexural crack testing of two high-strength concrete prestressed bridge girders. The acoustic emission monitoring of bond tests also provided insight into the behavior of the bond between glass fiber reinforced polymer rebar and concrete.
Sponsored by: Center for Transportation Studies, Minnesota Department of Transportation