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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 870585, 5 pages
Research Article

Damage Source Identification of Reinforced Concrete Structure Using Acoustic Emission Technique

1Bakhtar Institute of Higher Education, Ilam, Iran
2School of Civil Engineering, Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Seri Ampangan, Seberang Perai Selatan, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Received 30 April 2013; Accepted 8 July 2013

Academic Editors: C. W. Kan, A. G. Magalhães, and A. Tonkikh

Copyright © 2013 Alireza Panjsetooni et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Acoustic emission (AE) technique is one of the nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques that have been considered as the prime candidate for structural health and damage monitoring in loaded structures. This technique was employed for investigation process of damage in reinforced concrete (RC) frame specimens. A number of reinforced concrete RC frames were tested under loading cycle and were simultaneously monitored using AE. The AE test data were analyzed using the AE source location analysis method. The results showed that AE technique is suitable to identify the sources location of damage in RC structures.