A large number of infrastructural concrete buildings are protected against aggressive environments by coating systems. The functionality of these coating systems is mainly affected by the composition and thickness of the individual polymeric layers. For the first time ever, a mobile nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) sensor allows a non-destructive determination of these important parameters on the building site. However, before this technique can be used on steel-reinforced concrete elements, the potential effect of the reinforcement on the measurement, i.e. the NMR signal, needs to be studied. The results show a shift of the NMR profile as well as an increase of the signals amplitude in the case of the reinforced samples, while calculating the thickness of concrete coating lead to identical results.
Orlowsky, J. (2012). Measuring the layer thicknesses of concrete coatings by mobile NMR – A study on the influence of steel reinforcements. Construction and Building Materials, 27(1), 341–349. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2011.07.039