Fan, Shujie, Tongchun Li, Jun Zhou, Xiaoqing Liu, Xiaoming Liu, Huijun Qi, and Zhiyong Mu. "Terahertz non-destructive imaging of cracks and cracking in structures of cement-based materials." AIP Advances 7, no. 11 (2017): 115202.
Cracks and crack propagation in cement-based materials are key factors leading to failure of structures, affecting safety in construction engineering. This work investigated the application of terahertz (THz) non-destructive imaging to inspections on structures of cement-based materials, so as to explore the potential of THz imaging in crack detection. Two kinds of disk specimens made of plain cement mortar and UHMWPE fiber concrete were prepared respectively. A mechanical expansion load device was deployed to generate cracks and control the whole process of cracking. Experimental tests were carried out on cracked specimens by using a commercial THz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) during loading. The results show that crack opening and propagation could be examined by THz clearly and the material factors influence the ability of crack resistance significantly. It was found that the THz imaging of crack initiation and propagation agrees with the practical phenomenon and supplies more information about damage of samples. It is demonstrated that the damage behavior of structures of cement-based materials can be successfully detected by THz imaging.
....The THz imaging is throughout the whole loading procedure in Section 3.2. All of the TPI experiments were conducted using the TeraView TPS 3000 THz spectrometer,27 the main machine of which is shown in FIG. 5. .....
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