Design and development of drill-resistance sensor technology for accurately measuring microbiologically corroded concrete depths

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Proceedings of the 36th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2019, 2019, pp. 735 - 742
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© 2019 International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction I.A.A.R.C. All rights reserved. Microbial corrosion of concrete is a severe problem that significantly reduces the service life of underground sewers in countries around the globe. Therefore, water utilities are actively looking for in-situ sensors that can quantify the biologically induced concrete corrosion levels, in order to carry out preventive maintenance before any catastrophic failures. As a solution, this paper introduces a drill-resistance based sensor that can accurately measure the depth of the microbiologically corroded concrete layer. A prototype sensor was developed and evaluated in laboratory test conditions. The lab experiments proved that the developed sensor has the ability to measure the depth of the microbiologically corroded concrete with millimeter level of accuracy. Additionally, the sensor can also locate and accurately measure the size of concrete aggregates as well as potential cracks, effectively creating a sub-surface ‘scan’ of the concrete at the targeted point of interest. Therefore, providing valuable extra information for assessing the condition of the sewer concrete.
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