Electrical resistivity is a parameter sensitive to several properties of concrete, including water content, which is one of the key parameters governing concrete long-term durability. In this paper, the monitoring of the concrete water content profile throughout its entire thickness is discussed using an electrical approach as a measurement method. This is very relevant to applications requiring a centimeter resolution over a large thickness. The aim of this paper is to implement a multi-electrode embedded sensor in a concrete slab to determine the resistivity profile over concrete depth in order to monitor its drying. The sensor, designed as a printed circuit board (PCB), is integrated in two 30 cm thick concrete slabs. Different measurement configurations are presented. Following qualification in laboratory and controlled conditions, the study focuses on characterizing the sensor‘s response during the drying of the slabs. The results demonstrate the capability of the sensor to monitor concrete drying by measuring the resistivity profiles with a spatial centimetric resolution.

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Published on 25/09/20
Submitted on 17/09/20

DOI: 10.23967/dbmc.2020.077
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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