On-Site Acoustic-Emission Monitoring for Assessment of a Prestressed Concrete Double-Tee-Beam Bridge without Plans

Acoustic emission was used in this study to assess the condition of a simple-span, prestressed concrete bridge located in southern New Mexico during a proof test. The 40-year-old bridge is county owned and no design plans were available. Acoustic emission (AE) data were collected under several loading conditions from two groups of sensors placed near the support and midspan of an interior double-tee beam. Strain measurements were also taken at midspan and used to direct the test and determine the maximum loading. AE data analysis methods were applied to evaluate the response of the structure under increasing loads and to develop crack maps. Analysis of the AE data showed signs of internal beam microcrack development near the supports (shear region) as well as in the midspan (moment region). The AE data indicated that damage in the form of crack growth was more prevalent in the region near the supports.


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  • Accession Number: 01572108
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 15 2015 3:05PM