Analysis of failure in concrete and reinforced-concrete beams for the smart aggregate–based monitoring system

Azadeh Noori Hoshyar*, Bijan Samali, Ranjith Liyanapathirana, Saber Taghavipour

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Monitoring of structures and defining the severity of damages that occur under loading are essential in practical applications of civil infrastructure. In this article, we analyze failure using a smart aggregate sensor–based approach. The signals captured by smart aggregate sensors mounted on the structure under loading are de-noised using wavelet de-noising technique to prevent misdirection of the event interpretation of what is happening in the material. The performance of different mother wavelets on the de-noising process was investigated and analyzed. The objective is to identify the optimal mother wavelet for assessing and potentially reducing the effects of existing noise on signal properties for structural damage detection. In addition, we propose two innovative damage indices, entropy-based dispersion and entropy-based beta, for diagnostic purposes. The proposed entropy-based dispersion damage index is based on the modified wavelet packet tree and root mean square deviation, whereas the entropy-based beta damage index is based on the modified wavelet packet tree and slope of linear regression (beta). In both damage indices, the modified wavelet packet tree uses entropy as a high-level feature. Theoretical and experimental analyses are derived by computing indices on smart aggregate–based sensor data for concrete and reinforced-concrete beams. Validity assessment of the proposed indices was addressed through a comparative analysis with root mean square deviation damage index (benchmark) and the loading history. The proposed indices recognized the cracks faster than other measures and well before major cracking incurs in the structure. This article is expected to be beneficial for smart aggregate–based structural health monitoring applications particularly when damages occurred under loading.

Original languageEnglish
JournalStructural Health Monitoring
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


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