Near-Field Microwave Reflection Property Analysis of Concrete using Open-Ended Rectangular Waveguides at S- and X-band
Near-field nondestructive reflection property characterization of concrete based materials using open-ended rectangular waveguide probes is presented. The statistical distribution of multiple reflection property measurements are used as a tool to determine the water-to-cement (w/c) ratio as well as the coarse aggregate volumetric distributions in several concrete mixtures. These results may be used to determine the compressive strength of concrete. In this effort, concrete specimens with 0.50 w/c ratio were used. For these specimens sand-to-cement (s/c) ratio of 1.0 was used along with coarse aggregate-to-cement (ca/c) ratios of 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0, respectively. The microwave reflection coefficient of these specimens were measured at X-band (10 GHz) and S-band (3 GHz) using an HP8510 vector network analyzer. The results of these measurements, from the point of view of their probability distribution functions are presented, in addition to discussions regarding their implementation for nondestructive characterization of concrete based materials.
K. J. Bois et al., "Near-Field Microwave Reflection Property Analysis of Concrete using Open-Ended Rectangular Waveguides at S- and X-band," Proceedings of Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials and Composites II (1998, San Antonio, TX), vol. 3396, pp. 37-46, SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering, Apr 1998.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.301534
Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials and Composites II (1998: Mar. 31-Apr. 1, San Antonio, TX)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Aggregates; Cements; Compressive Strength; Microwaves; Nondestructive Examination; Probability Density Function; Rectangular Waveguides; Reflection Properties; Concretes; Aggregate Distribution; Concrete Inspection; Water-to-Cement Ratio
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