Use of laser interferometry for measuring concrete substrate roughness in patch repairs

GRIGORIADIS, Konstantinos (2016). Use of laser interferometry for measuring concrete substrate roughness in patch repairs. Automation in Construction, 64, 27-35.

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The overall success and long-term durability of a patch repair is significantly influenced by the bond developed at the interface between the concrete substrate and the repair material. In turn, the bond strength is influenced by the topography (roughness) of the substrate surface after removal of the defective concrete. However, different removal methods of defective concrete produce substrate surfaces with different topographies. Hence, the ability to measure and characterise the topography of substrate surfaces is of great importance for evaluating the effectiveness of different removal methods. In this paper, the effect of two removal methods: electric chipping hammers and Remote Robotic Hydro-erosion (RRH) on the surface roughness is investigated through the use of a prototype non-contact (optical) laser interferometry measuring device. Laboratory results show that the above equipment can be used to characterise substrate roughness and confirm the ability of RRH to create rougher surfaces as opposed to chipping hammers.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Structural Materials and Integrity Research Centre > Centre for Infrastructure Management
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.autcon.2015.12.025
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2016 15:03
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 20:45

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