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Experimental techniques synergy towards the design of a sensing tool for autonomously healed concrete

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The first-generation of autonomously healed concrete elements is under construction: beams (SIM-SECEMIN project, Flanders Belgium), one-way flat slabs (MeMC, VUB, Belgium) and wall panels (Materials4Life project, UK) are designed with the embedment of encapsulated repair agent. In the presence of cracks, capsules rupture releasing the agent that fills the crack void. The released agent seals and mechanically restores the crack discontinuity. This automatic process can be repeatable using vascular networks that carry the agent and release it at different locations into concrete. The innovative design is built up following several series of laboratory-scale beam tests configured over the last decade. This paper discusses the application of numerous experimental techniques that assess the mechanical performance of autonomously healed concrete: Acoustic Emission, Ultrasound Pulse Velocity, Optical Microscopy, Digital Image Correlation, Capillary Water Absorption, Computed Tomography. The study focuses on the performance and efficiency of each method on laboratory and real-scale tests. The techniques with the most promising output are selected and combined in order to design a sensing tool that evaluates healing on real applications.
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concrete, autonomous healing, repair, monitoring techniques

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Tasangouri, Eleni, Dimitrios G. Aggelis, Nele De Belie, tomoki Shiotani, and Danny Van Hemelrijck. 2018. “Experimental Techniques Synergy Towards the Design of a Sensing Tool for Autonomously Healed Concrete.” In 18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM18), 1–7. Basel: MDPI.
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Tasangouri, E., Aggelis, D. G., De Belie, N., Shiotani, tomoki, & Van Hemelrijck, D. (2018). Experimental techniques synergy towards the design of a sensing tool for autonomously healed concrete. 18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM18) (pp. 1–7). Presented at the 18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, Basel: MDPI.
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Tasangouri E, Aggelis DG, De Belie N, Shiotani tomoki, Van Hemelrijck D. Experimental techniques synergy towards the design of a sensing tool for autonomously healed concrete. 18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM18). Basel: MDPI; 2018. p. 1–7.
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Tasangouri, Eleni, Dimitrios G. Aggelis, Nele De Belie, et al. “Experimental Techniques Synergy Towards the Design of a Sensing Tool for Autonomously Healed Concrete.” 18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM18). Basel: MDPI, 2018. 1–7. Print.
@inproceedings{8566032,
  abstract     = {The first-generation of autonomously healed concrete elements is under construction:
beams (SIM-SECEMIN project, Flanders Belgium), one-way flat slabs (MeMC, VUB, Belgium) and
wall panels (Materials4Life project, UK) are designed with the embedment of encapsulated repair
agent. In the presence of cracks, capsules rupture releasing the agent that fills the crack void. The
released agent seals and mechanically restores the crack discontinuity. This automatic process can
be repeatable using vascular networks that carry the agent and release it at different locations into
concrete. The innovative design is built up following several series of laboratory-scale beam tests
configured over the last decade. This paper discusses the application of numerous experimental
techniques that assess the mechanical performance of autonomously healed concrete: Acoustic
Emission, Ultrasound Pulse Velocity, Optical Microscopy, Digital Image Correlation, Capillary
Water Absorption, Computed Tomography. The study focuses on the performance and efficiency
of each method on laboratory and real-scale tests. The techniques with the most promising output
are selected and combined in order to design a sensing tool that evaluates healing on real
applications.},
  author       = {Tasangouri, Eleni and Aggelis, Dimitrios G. and De Belie, Nele and Shiotani, tomoki  and Van Hemelrijck, Danny},
  booktitle    = {18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM18)},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Brussels},
  pages        = {1--7},
  publisher    = {MDPI},
  title        = {Experimental techniques synergy towards the design of a sensing tool for autonomously healed concrete},
  year         = {2018},
}