Civil Engineering and Architecture Vol. 10(4), pp. 1623 - 1630
DOI: 10.13189/cea.2022.100431
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Evaluation of Concrete by Non-destructive Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity Method

Malek Jedidi 1,2,*
1 Department of Civil Engineering, Higher Institute of Technological Studies of Sfax, Tunisia
2 Civil Engineering Laboratory, National Engineering School of Tunis, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia


Concrete is a material whose properties depend on its initial formulation, its conditions of use, and its change over time depending on its environment and the different types of degradation that it is likely to undergo. Knowledge and monitoring of its various mechanical properties are therefore essential for the maintenance of civil engineering works. All of the concrete assessment methods, whether destructive or non-destructive, can then provide a valuable diagnosis to the operators of the structure. Depending on their precision, they can be used to easily detect an alteration in the characteristics of the materials, locate a damaged area, the extent of the damage, or even precisely quantify the evolution of this damage over time and predict future changes. This paper presents the Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity technique (UPV) which is used by many companies to assess the compressive strength of concrete in situ and which allows measuring the speed and attenuation of elastic waves. The influence of the reinforcements on the ultrasonic pulse velocity has been studied and this is in the case of reinforcement perpendicular and parallel to the direction of propagation. The influence of several factors affecting the UPV, whether related to the properties of concrete or otherwise, was mentioned. Indeed, the porosity, the water/Cement ratio, the micro-cracks, the state of saturation and the temperature of concrete are parameters which strongly influence the values of UPV.

Concrete, Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity, Diagnosis, Non-destructive, Compressive Strength

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[1] Malek Jedidi , "Evaluation of Concrete by Non-destructive Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity Method," Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 1623 - 1630, 2022. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2022.100431.

(b). APA Format:
Malek Jedidi (2022). Evaluation of Concrete by Non-destructive Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity Method. Civil Engineering and Architecture, 10(4), 1623 - 1630. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2022.100431.