Concrete Crack Width Detecting System for Android Platform

Chen Shuang-rui*, Shi Zheng*, Yan Quan-sheng*
School of Civil Engineering and Transportation, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, Guangdong, China.

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In order to measure crack width accurately and automatically, an Android-based Automatic Crack Width Measuring System (ACWMS) has been developed, taking advantage of the high portability of Android devices. After capturing the image using mobile phone camera, the image is processed by image processing techniques, including graying, binaryzation, denoising and edge recognition. A specified algorithm is executed to calculate the crack width according to the provided edge data. Measurements has been done to each of the 10 cracks in the same concrete beam, using Samsung Galaxy S3 mobile phone and WYSX-40X Crack detector, respectively. Test result shows that the maximum crack width accuracy reaches 95.26%, which satisfies the construction needs. Therefore, this system can greatly improve the efficiency and accuracy during crack width measurement.

Keywords: Android, crack, image processing, OTSU algorithm, width measuring.