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Experimental Study on an Improved Joint Detection Technique for Concrete Structures

With the objective of more thoroughly characterizing internal void defects inside corrugated pipe in prestressed concrete structures, this paper proposes the joint use and interpretation of two techniques: the ground penetrating radar (GPR) technique and the sensing prestressed concrete multivariate analysis of transcript splicing (SPC-MATS) technique. GPR has demonstrated its sustainability for detecting anomalies in internal corrugated pipe in prestressed concrete structures. SPC-MATS has shown its validity for detecting the internal grouting density of corrugated pipe in prestressed concrete structures. In this work, both GPR and SPC-MATS were applied to an experiment set up in a prestressed concrete structure. Through the complementation of these two technologies, the nondestructive detection is accurate, the ability to identify abnormal bodies is enhanced, and efficiency is greatly improved. Each technique acquires data of a different nature and from different parts of the infrastructure, in such a way that integrating their interpretations allows for the accurate detection of superficial and inner anomalies, as well as their location and dimensions.



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