Measurement and Utilization of Acoustic Emission for the Analysis and Monitoring of Concrete Slabs on the Subsoil
The article deals with the field of use of acoustic emission (AE) measurement in engineering structures. The research particularly focuses on the assessment of acoustic emission during an experimental test of the load-carrying capacity of concrete slabs on the ground. A wider field of research includes structural and material optimization of advanced engineering structures. The tests of concrete slabs are then carried out in an alternate solution which differs in the used concrete or steel fibre reinforced concrete (FRC). The experimental program then includes typical measurement methods using displacement sensors and strain gauges. Non-destructive methods of measurement including acoustic emission have been used with an eye to the configuration of the experiment and deeper understanding of the actual behaviour and damage to the structure allowing for subsequent optimization and non-linear simulation of slab computation. The aim of the submitted article is to present and assess the acoustic emission as a non-destructive method which can be used to detect damage and determine the load-bearing capacity of the selected type of a FRC structure.