Multimodal analysis of GRC ageing process using nonlinear impact resonance acoustic spectroscopy

V. Genovés, C. Riestra, M. V. Borrachero, J. Eiras, T. Kundu, J. Payá

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Glass fibre Reinforced Cement (GRC) is a composite material composed of Portland cement mortar with low w/c (water/cement) ratio and high proportion of glass fibres. This material suffers from the ageing process by losing its strength with time because of its exposure to severe weather conditions. Ageing process damages the fibre surface and decreases the mechanical properties of the structural components made of this material. It reduces the elastic modulus and toughness of GRC. Fracture toughness is traditionally measured by four point bending tests. In a previous study by the authors it was observed that ageing related deterioration or damage of GRC could be monitored by Non Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques such as Non-linear Impact Resonance Acoustic Spectroscopy (NIRAS) and other ultrasonic techniques. The scope of this paper is to corroborate previous investigations and offer early damage detection capability by generating more experimental data points by optimizing location of the point of strike and thus generating more resonance vibration modes in NIRAS tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-111
Number of pages7
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
StatePublished - Jul 2015


  • A. Ceramic-matrix composites
  • A. Fibres
  • D. Non-destructive testing
  • D. Process monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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