This paper presents an active piezoelectric sensing system for concrete crack detection that is based on the energy diffusivity method. The feasibility of using the energy diffusivity of ultrasound to characterize the structural integrity of a pavement is first analyzed. Experiments are then carried out to evaluate the performance of this approach to crack detection. In addition, the detectable range of this system is studied by testing it with cuttings at different angles and different distances between sensor and actuator. Results show that by analyzing the energy diffusivity density of the sensor responses, cracks in the concrete specimen can be detected. This crack detection system can be used in highway and airport pavement slabs for pavement health monitoring applications.
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The authors would like to thank the US Federal Aviation Administration Airport Pavement R&D Section (Grant#: 2013G022) for funding support. The contents of the paper do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the FAA. The paper does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.
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- Active sensing system
- Detectable range
- Energy diffusivity
- Pavement health monitoring