Monitoring of the Hardening Process of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) based on Guided Wave Propagation



Published Jul 14, 2017
Changgil Lee Jooyoung Park Kassahun D. Tola Seunghee Park


In this study, the hardening process of ultra high performance concrete (UHPC) was monitored non-destructively using a single embedded sensor system. The propagating characteristics of guided waves obtained from the sensing system were analyzed to estimate the setting time and the
strength development of UHPC. Since the boundary conditions of the embedded sensor system continuously change during the hardening process of concrete materials, the hardening process can be monitored based on the measured characteristics of the propagating waves. To understand the variations in wave propagation, the modes for the guided waves were decomposed. The strength development of UHPC, with and without short-fiber reinforcement, was estimated using the variation of patterns of the decomposed wave modes. Based on the proposed methodology, which measures the propagation and variation of the guided waves, it is possible to estimate the time of phase transition and the strength development of UHPC.

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