Electrical impedance spectroscopy-based defect sensing technique in estimating cracks

Tingting Zhang, Liangdong Zhou, Habib Ammari, Jin Keun Seo

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A defect sensing method based on electrical impedance spectroscopy is proposed to image cracks and reinforcing bars in concrete structures. The method utilizes the frequency-dependent behavior of thin insulating cracks: low-frequency electrical currents are blocked by insulating cracks, whereas high-frequency currents can pass through thin cracks to probe the conducting bars. From various frequency-dependent electrical impedance tomography (EIT) images, we can show its advantage in terms of detecting both thin cracks with their thickness and bars. We perform numerical simulations and phantom experiments to support the feasibility of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10909-10922
Number of pages14
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 8

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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