Doctoral Dissertations

Keywords and Phrases

Bridge deck; Concrete deterioration; Ground penetrating radar; Nondestructive testing


"Ground penetrating radar (GPR) data were acquired across four bridge decks with the objective of developing an advanced workflow for GPR operation that would allow the bridge owners to estimate repair quantities for certain bridge decks, based on GPR data. The primary contributions from this research are as follows: 1. It was demonstrated that the conditions of bridge decks can be cost-effectively and efficiently assessed using the GPR tool. 2. The GPR tool's ability to provide rapid and reliable results in comparison with conventional bridge deck condition assessment techniques was established. 3. The qualitative and quantitative relationships between the GPR reflection amplitude and depth of concrete degradation were analyzed to develop an effective technique to estimate the amount of deteriorated concrete present in a particular bridge deck; this technique could enable bridge owners to use the GPR tool (only) to estimate the thickness of concrete that would be removed by processes such as hydro demolition. 4. The air-launched and ground-coupled GPR systems were compared in terms of accuracy of data acquisition and reliability of results. It was determined that air-launched GPR is a reliable tool for the fast and cost-effective assessment of bridge decks.

This work is new and important because it extends the traditional use of the GPR technique and presents the advanced approach for data interpretation and concrete material removal estimation, especially in areas where deterioration was not visually exposed"--Abstract, page iii.


Anderson, Neil L. (Neil Lennart), 1954-

Committee Member(s)

Liu, Kelly H.
Maerz, Norbert H.
Torgashov, Evgeniy V.
Sneed, Lesley


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Geological Engineering


Missouri. Department of Transportation
Missouri University of Science and Technology. National University Transportation Center


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2015


xviii, 194 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references (pages 188-193).


© 2015 Aleksey Kamilevich Khamzin, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Concrete bridges -- Floors -- Inspection
Steel plate deck bridges -- Inspection
Ground penetrating radar
Concrete -- Nondestructive testing
Concrete -- Deterioration
Bridges -- Maintenance and repair

Thesis Number

T 10827

Electronic OCLC #