Health detection techniques for historic structures

Dong Luo, Shangwei Wang, Xiaohong Du, Peng Zhao, Tian Lu, Hangting Yang, Y. Frank Chen

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The protection of historic buildings has drawn increasing attention and usually requires a sound nondestructive testing (NDT) technique. This paper first describes the significance of and the status on the protection of historic structures followed by a summary of common damage and repair measures for such structures. Lastly, the principles, characteristics, and applications of NDT techniques for historic wooden and masonry structures, including ultra-CT testing, stress wave testing, micro-drilling resistance meter, radar detection, and X-ray diffraction, are described and compared. This study concludes by providing a guide for studying the structural damage of historic structures and for the selection of a detection technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)855-864
Number of pages10
JournalMaterialpruefung/Materials Testing
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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