Quantitative Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Fatigue Cracks in Fracture Critical Steel Bridges

The objective of this research is to evaluate the feasibility to employ quantitative acoustic emission (AE) techniques for monitoring of fatigue crack initiation and propagation in steel bridge members. Three A36 compact tension steel specimens were tested in the laboratory according the ASTM E647. AE sensor networks were deployed and recorded AE during the fatigue-type loading. Noise from the load application points represented a significant challenge. However, a number of events could be located and for a selected few a moment tensor inversion (MTI) was performed. Despite the challenges, the methodology has been completely established and evaluated, and can be used in future testing.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 47p

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  • Accession Number: 01523304
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CAIT-UTC-007
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC16
  • Created Date: Apr 24 2014 11:33AM