Concrete Structure Laboratory
Checking the health of concrete structures.
Chunks of concrete that come off from the walls of expressway tunnels and other concrete structures have caused a number of accidents and posed a major threat to people’s safety. The myth of concrete structures being maintenance-free has thus collapsed and caused us to take appropriate maintenance management measures. Our laboratory is researching and developing monitoring systems that employ non-destructive inspection technologies to detect anomalies in concrete structures.
|College of Engineering||Civil Engineering|
|Faculty Name||Futoshi Katsuki|
Japan Society of Civil Engineers|
Japan Concrete Institute
Japan Prestressed Concrete Institute
|Keyword||Concrete, Reinforced concrete structures, Maintenance management, Bridge design, Measurement technologies, Structural mechanics, Cement, Design, New materials|
- Civil engineering
- Materials science
- Maintenance management and engineering
- Studies on concrete structures
For SocietyIn August 2007, a bridge over the River Mississippi in the United States collapsed and resulted in a dozen deaths. The accident happened even though the bridge was regularly inspected. It is possible that Japan will suffer such an unexpected bridge collapse. It is, therefore, an urgent task to develop a monitoring system for concrete structures.
- Development of systems to detect sections which have the risk of flaking soon by hammering tests and using machine learning
- Considering the use of electromagnetic pulse methods to detect poor adhesion between concrete and the anchor
- Research related to monitoring the health of components of concrete structures using an accelerometer (with controller area network)