Acoustic emission (AE) signals detected from corrosion test on a steel reinforced concrete beam subjected to the coupling effects of corrosive wet-dry cycles and static load are analyzed by power spectral density, wavelet transform, and Shannon entropy. The degradation process of the corroded reinforced concrete beam can be divided into four stages on the basis of the accumulated event number (AEN). Due to the difference of material properties, steel reinforcement and concrete matrix have distinguished AE features. The time-frequency characteristics of AE signals can reflect the microstructural degradation mechanism of steel corrosion and concrete cracking. The corrosion evaluation entails investigating the evolution of the wavelet power mathematically by Shannon entropy. The frequency-entropy clearly exhibits the relative power distribution of AE signal in a certain frequency region. With the accumulation of steel corrosion and concrete deterioration, the increment of the overall entropy integration is considerably apparent. The variation of frequency-entropy curve reveals the corrosion revolution of the reinforced concrete members under static load, which is represented by a transforming from corrosion-induced micro cracking to load-induced localized cracking.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering


National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant 1240-1247

Keywords and Phrases

Acoustic emission; Corrosion; Reinforced concrete; Shannon entropy; Wavelet power

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

2578-062X; 2578-0611

Document Type

Article - Journal

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Final Version

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Publication Date

01 Jun 2022