Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jeanette Orlowsky

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TU Dortmund University

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  • Non-destructive detection of the efficiency of long-term weathered hydrophobic natural stones using single-sided NMR
    Braun, F. and Orlowsky, J.
    Journal of Cultural Heritage 41 (2020)
    Conservation methods on buildings and monuments made out of natural stone aim on preventing weathering processes, reducing their impact on site and consequently improving the long-term durability of building stones. For this purpose, nowadays particularly organosilicon compounds are used for the application on natural stones. In this study, single-sided NMR has been used to non-destructively detect the long-term efficiency of hydrophobing agents (silanes, siloxanes and silicone resins) applied on different porous natural stones (Baumberger and Obernkirchener Sandstone), which were naturally weathered for over 24 years on different sites in Germany. An evaluation system is presented, based on non-destructive NMR measurements, to assess the hydrophobic properties and the long-term stability of the treated stone surfaces. It could be shown, that the mineralogical composition as well as the type of hydrophobing agent and its active ingredient content have a significant influence on the long-term hydrophobic effect. © 2019 Elsevier Masson SAS
    view abstract10.1016/j.culher.2019.07.005
  • The influence of 30 years outdoor weathering on the durability of hydrophobic agents applied on obernkirchener sandstones
    Orlowsky, J. and Braun, F. and Groh, M.
    Buildings 10 (2020)
    The durability of eleven different water repellents applied on one sandstone type was studied after a long-term weathering at seven different locations in Germany. By measuring colour changes, it could be shown that the formation of black crusts, the deposition of particles and biogenic growth caused a gradual darkening as well as significant changes in total colour over time. Additionally, the water absorption behaviour was investigated with two different methods: applying a low pressure using the pipe method and capillary water absorption measurements from a wet underlay. Afterwards, the test results were analysed with four different evaluation methods: calculation of the protection degree from pipe method and capillary water absorption, determination of the velocity of water uptake during capillary water absorption and calculation of the damaged depth of the stone surface using single-sided NMR technique. The growing damaged depth leads to an increase of the water uptake velocity and to a decrease of the protection degree of the applied hydrophobing agents. Three protective agents based on isobutyltrimethoxysilane showed already after two years of outdoor weathering a clear loss of performance, which significantly increased after 30 years of exposure. © 2020 by the authors.
    view abstract10.3390/buildings10010018
  • Uniaxial tensile tests in textile reinforced concretes with inorganic impregnated carbon fibres [Einaxiale Zugversuche an textilbewehrten Betonen mit anorganisch getränkten Carbonfasern]
    Lenting, M. and Orlowsky, J.
    Beton- und Stahlbetonbau 115 (2020)
    Uniaxial tensile tests in textile reinforced concretes with inorganic impregnated carbon fibres. The composite material textile reinforced concrete is being increasingly used in building construction. In particular carbon textiles are used with different impregnation materials, which are bound in mortar or concrete. Numerous research and practical projects have led to individual approvals for specific cases being granted and first directives for designing and using textile reinforced concrete being developed. The development and optimization of these materials still have huge improvement potential. Until now, most textiles have been impregnated with epoxy resin, styrene-butadiene or acrylates. Beside the introduction of a polymer in the composite material, these polymers can cause load-bearing capacity losses under temperature stresses above 80 °C. Mineral impregnation materials have hardly been researched, but are particularly interesting for use in drinking water structures in order to avoid polymer-based materials. This publication shows that a very fine crack pattern can be achieved with inorganic impregnations of carbon rovings. Very small crack widths are particularly necessary in the repair sector, for example in the rehabilitation of drinking water reservoirs. In addition, mineral impregnations are less susceptible to temperature stresses. © 2020, Ernst und Sohn. All rights reserved.
    view abstract10.1002/best.201900062
  • Performance of mobile NMR for non-destructive analyses of existing concrete structures - Influencing factors
    Orlowsky, J.
    High Tech Concrete: Where Technology and Engineering Meet - Proceedings of the 2017 fib Symposium (2017)
    The maintenance of existing concrete structures gains increasing importance. New challenges within this topic are the durability modelling of conservation measures and the timing of renewing them. One necessary step for the solution of these new challenges are needs-oriented non-destructive testing methods. For the first time, ever, a mobile nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) sensor allows a non-destructive determination of relevant parameters directly on the building site. By positioning the NMR sensor on a lift analysing of the amplitudes and relaxation times can be done at different depths/positions inside the concrete cover. The determined parameters are: Ingress, distribution and transport of water as well as other liquids at the concrete surface (up to 25 mm depth beginning at the concrete surface) and effectiveness of concrete coatings including thickness of different coating layers. 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. This has been done in the frame of a wide test program. Firstly, influences from temperature changes and tilting of the sensor are discussed in the present paper. Afterwards results concerning the steel reinforcement influence on the investigations are named and a practical solution to consider the determined shift of the profile towards the steel is presented. © Springer International Publishing AG 2018.
    view abstract10.1007/978-3-319-59471-2-150
  • Potentials of textile reinforced concrete for lightweight noise protection walls
    Beßling, M. and Antons, U. and Orlowsky, J.
    High Tech Concrete: Where Technology and Engineering Meet - Proceedings of the 2017 fib Symposium (2017)
    Until now, there are installed 8.8 million square meters of noise protection walls in Germany. Due to the negative impact of noise pollution on our quality of life and the rising requirements on noise protection itself, the amount of noise protection walls will increase in the next decades. The commonly used steel reinforced concrete noise barrier consist out of a non-bearing noise protection layer based on lightweight concrete (LC) and a load-bearing layer based on normal steel reinforced concrete, which means an enormous usage of resources. At the "Department of Building Materials", TU Dortmund University, a study with the aim to reduce the weight of concrete noise protection wall elements up to a third has been started. In addition to transport and installation work aspects, the targeted material savings are intended to improve the carbon dioxide footprint. The material of choice for the new lightweight wall elements is textile reinforced concrete (TRC), which consists of a fine-grained concrete and a technical-textile reinforcement. In the first step of the study, two concepts for lightweight load-bearing structures out of TRC were developed and calculated. Both concepts incorporate the benefit of the corrosion resistance of carbon textiles. The first load-bearing concept uses TRC in combination with textile reinforced LC, while the second one employs TRC in a tee-beam shape additionally reinforced with glass fiber rebars. In preliminary investigations, both load-bearing concepts were tested and the tee beam shape has demonstrated a sufficient load bearing capacity. Furthermore, the results indicate that it is possible to reduce the total weight of the walls to less than a half. In the next step of the study, the dimension of the promising specimens will be up-scaled to those of common noise protection walls, while further load-bearing concepts have to be tested. © Springer International Publishing AG 2018.
    view abstract10.1007/978-3-319-59471-2_289
  • Analyzing of Coatings on Steel - Reinforced Concrete Elements by Mobile NMR
    Orlowsky, J.
    Archives of Civil Engineering 62 (2016)
    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 leading to identical results. © 2016 Polish Academy of Sciences.
    view abstract10.1515/ace-2015-0052
  • Impact of silane and siloxane based hydrophobic powder on cement based mortar
    Spaeth, V. and Lecomte, J.-P. and Delplancke, M.-P. and Orlowsky, J. and Büttner, T.
    Advanced Materials Research 687 (2013)
    Impact of the addition of silane and siloxane based hydrophobic powders on cement based mortar was studied. Effect of powder addition on mechanical properties and water absorption of cement based mortar is described. Impact of accelerated ageing, including UV radiation, and rain-sun cycles on hydrophobic performance was assessed, demonstrating excellent durability of silane-based hydrophobic performance. © (2013) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.
    view abstract10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.687.100
  • Durability models for GRC: Uncertainties on strength predictions
    Van Itterbeeck, P. and Purnell, P. and Cuypers, H. and Tysmans, T. and Orlowsky, J. and Wastiels, J.
    Plastics, Rubber and Composites 41 (2012)
    Even though several models exist in the literature to predict the strength durability of glass fibre (textile) reinforced concrete (GRC), a considerable gap still exists between theory and practice. No real guidelines are available for testing, model calibration and model selection. This work analyses all the uncertainties in the GRC strength durability determination process. The paper addresses the determination of the best approximating model by applying a statistical model selection method (Akaike's information criterion) on an extensive series of accelerated aging tests; a theoretical approach is presented which enables the user to check the reliability of the model selection. A method is presented for the determination of the uncertainty in the strength prediction, taking into account both the statistical distribution present on the (tensile) strength of the GRC material as well as the effect of model calibration based on a limited set of accelerated aging tests. © Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining 2012.
    view abstract10.1179/1743289811Y.0000000020
  • Measuring the layer thicknesses of concrete coatings by mobile NMR - A study on the influence of steel reinforcements
    Orlowsky, J.
    Construction and Building Materials 27 (2012)
    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. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    view abstract10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2011.07.039
  • Mobile NMR - A powerful tool to measure coating thicknesses in concrete buildings
    Orlowsky, J.
    RILEM Bookseries 6 (2012)
    Scores of infrastructural concrete buildings possesses coating systems as protection against aggressive exposure. The functionality of these coating systems is mainly affected by the composition and thickness of there different polymeric layers. A mobile NMR sensor, the so called "NMR-MOUSE®"(Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Mobile Universal Surface Explorer, registered trademark of RWTH Aachen University), enables for the first time ever a nondestructive determination of these controlling parameters. The current results demonstrate the capability of the NMR sensor investigating different coating systems applied on concrete. Analyzing the NMR amplitude as a function of the measuring depth, the composition of the different coating layers gets visible while an accuracy of about 5 to 20 μm can be achieved for the thickness determination. Studying the in fluence of steel reinforcement inside the coated concrete on the NMR signal leads to a correction of the measuring field position in fluenced by concrete cover, steel diameter, amount and position of steel. © RILEM 2013.
    view abstract10.1007/978-94-007-0723-8_17
  • Application of a mobile NMR sensor as a non-destructive measurement system in the field of maintenance
    Keil, A. and Orlowsky, J. and Raupach, M.
    Bautechnik 88 (2011)
    The potential to use the NMR-MOUSE® as non-destructive analytical tool in building maintenance is demonstrated on two examples. The first one covers moisture transport through fine grained concrete matrices, whereas in the second one the NMR-MOUSE is used to determine the layer thickness of selected coating systems for concrete protection. In using this NMR technique, significant moisture profiles have been determined in fine grained concrete matrices with a maximum measuring depth of 5 mm and a depth-resolution of 250 μm. The NMR technique also allows observing the time depended progress of capillary water uptake and evaluating the effects of polymer modifications of the concrete matrix. Furthermore, the layer thickness of one model coating system and two OS 11a-coating systems were determined on the basis of depth profiles. The results show, that layer thickness between 50 and 200 μm can be determined with a standard deviation of about 5 μm. Copyright © 2011 Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin.
    view abstract10.1002/bate.201101499
  • Enhancement of the durability of AR-glass reinforcement due to an epoxy-impregnation
    Büttner, T. and Orlowsky, J. and Raupach, M.
    Bautechnik 88 (2011)
    The long term performance of textile reinforcement in a cementitious matrix is one important factor to be considered during the design process of textile-re inforced concrete (TRC) elements, since only the residual tensile strength of the reinforcement at the end of the predicted life-time can be taken into account. The reinforcement in textile-reinforced concrete is usually made from alkali-resistant glass rovings, but their durability in concrete is known to be unsatisfactory. Herein an approach is presented to improve the durability by impregnating the glass rovings with an insoluble epoxy resin which acts as a diffusion barrier against alkai ions. The results show that generally the durability can be improved by an impregnation in dependency of the material properties of the epoxy resin. Copyright © 2011 Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin.
    view abstract10.1002/bate.201101460
  • coatings

  • concrete

  • concrete testing

  • layer thickness

  • non-destructive methods

  • steel reinforced concrete

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