The highly irregular crack pattern of reinforced concrete has been studied primarily at the surface. The ability to extend image correlation into the interior of structures by using X-ray computed tomography (CT) opens up new possibilities for analyzing the internal mechanics of concrete. In order to enable a complete material characterization, it is necessary to study the crack geometry at the micro level in 3D images over time, i.e., 4D data. This paper presents the results of in situ CT tests that were carried out on carbon-reinforced concrete (CRC) beams subjected to bending load. The main objective of the tests was the experimental analysis of the evolution of individual cracks at different stages of their formation by applying digital volume correlation (DVC) to the 4D image data from the computed tomography. The results obtained from the CT were compared with other measurement techniques, such as distributed fiber optic sensing, clip gauges, and digital image correlation (DIC).
|Buildings : open access journal
|Published - 14 Oct 2023