Reference : Static Detection of Thin Layers into Concrete with Ground Penetrating Radar
Scientific journals : Article
Engineering, computing & technology : Civil engineering
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/129266
Static Detection of Thin Layers into Concrete with Ground Penetrating Radar
English
Van der Wielen, Audrey mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département Argenco : Secteur GeMMe > Matériaux de construction non métalliques du génie civil >]
Courard, Luc mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département Argenco : Secteur GeMMe > Matériaux de construction non métalliques du génie civil >]
Nguyen, Frédéric mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département Argenco : Secteur GEO3 > Géophysique appliquée >]
2012
Restoration of Buildings and Monuments = Bauinstandsetzen und Baudenkmalpflege
18
3/4
247-254
Yes
International
1864-7251
1864-7022
[en] GPR ; radar ; thin layer ; NDT ; concrete ; reflection
[en] Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a nondestructive technique particularly well adapted to the inspection of
concrete structures and can help to determine the structure inner geometry or to detect damaged areas. When
the GPR is used on structures containing thin layers, for example the sealing layer of a concrete bridge deck
or the void into a masonry wall, it is important for the radar user to know the minimum thickness required to
detect and estimate the thickness of those layers.
The theory of thin layer detection is based on a sine wave but, in reality, most commercial GPR systems emit
a large frequency band wavelet, which undergoes attenuation into the layer. To analyze the influence of those
realistic conditions on the reflection coefficient of a thin layer, we combined experimental measurements and
numerical FDTD simulations. The experimental results matched the numerical predictions well, presenting a
fast attenuation compared to the theoretical predictions. Nevertheless, for thicknesses inferior to λ/11, the
reflection coefficient could still be considered as linearly dependent of the thickness to wavelength ratio.
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS
Researchers ; Professionals
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/129266

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