Evaluation of gluing of CFRP onto concrete structures by infrared thermography coupled with thermal impedance

Chauchois Alexis, Brachelet Franck, Defer Didier, Antczak Emmanuel, Choi Hangseok

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Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRPs) have been increasingly employed for structural strengthening, and are attached to structures using bonding adhesives. The aim of this work is to characterize defects in the bond between CFRP and concrete (after they are located by pulse infrared thermography), and assign the defects a "numerical value" (ranging from 0 for a complete air-gap to 1 for a fully glued bond). Quantitative characterization is performed by measuring the thermal impedance, and then identifying the thermophysical parameters of the system through fitting the measured impedance to a theoretical model. An inversion procedure is carried out to estimate the unknown parameters, without prior knowledge of sample properties. In particular, it is possible to estimate more accurately both the amount of glue within a defect and the thermal contact resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-358
Number of pages9
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The writers appreciate the financial support partially by National Research Foundation of Korea Government (NRF-2014R1A2A2A01007883).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


  • B. Debonding
  • B. Defects
  • D. Non-destructive testing
  • D. Thermal analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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