Characterization of cement-based materials using microwave reflection and transmission measurements

Kharkovsky S., Atis C., Hasar U.

11th International Symposium on Nondestructive Characterization of Materials, Berlin, Germany, 24 - 28 June 2002, pp.373-380 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Berlin
  • Country: Germany
  • Page Numbers: pp.373-380


The results of measurement of reflection and transmission properties of mortar and concrete specimens at their early stage (1-10 days) obtained by using a simple and an inexpensive measurement system at microwave frequencies (X-band) are presented. Dependencies of the reflection and transmission signals on time, thickness and water-to-cement ratio of the specimens are demonstrated. It is shown that the cement-based materials can be characterized by the amplitudes of reflection and transmission signals together with thickness of the specimens.