Grouted connections (GC) are structural joints formed by a cementitious grout cast between two concentric circular tubes. They are widely used in the offshore construction of oil and gas platforms, and for offshore wind turbines (monopiles and jackets). However, their application in offshore wind turbine (OWT) installations can be critical due to the high bending moments coming from wind loading. Recently, it was found that GC show limited performance in OWT installations leading to settlements between the steel tubes and steel/grout debonding. Hence, structural health monitoring techniques for GC are needed that ensure a safe and reliable operation of OWT. This short communication describes the successful application of electromechanical impedance spectroscopy for damage detection in GC.
Moll, J., Damage Detection in Grouted Connections Using Electromechanical Impedance Spectroscopy, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 2018 (accepted in February 2018)