Description

This study is intended to assess the integrity of a reinforced concrete bridge deck at the Missouri S&T campus using non-destructive testing (NDT) methods performed at top and bottom surfaces of the bridge deck. These utilized methods are named ground generating radar (GPR), impact echo (IE), and ultrasonic surface waves (USW). GPR was applied using 1.6 GHz and 2.5 GHz antennas to transmit and receive electromagnetic radio waves at embedded concrete reinforcement or distinct contacts between solid and loose concrete materials with different dielectric properties. Due to significant variations of the apparent depth to top of the embedded reinforcing steel bars, it was difficult to interpret the GPR results for the bridge deck assessment. Therefore, GPR results are often calibrated in application with ground truth data from either borehole tests or other nondestructive methods, such as IE and USW. IE and USW are based on the reflection of the acoustic waves at discontinuity (e.g., delamination). Both IE and USW data were acquired using portable seismic property analyzer (PSPA) device. USW is used to measure the variations of Young’s modulus of concrete deck and IE is used to measure depth to possible embedded defects in concrete deck. Eventually, USW and IE results were used as an indicative of the concrete quality of the bridge deck. An approximately 10 x 9 ft. sections were surveyed at the top and the bottom surfaces of the bridge deck in order to evaluate and correlate the three NDTs results for the bridge deck assessment.

Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Start Date

8-6-2019 4:55 PM

End Date

8-6-2019 5:15 PM

Meeting Name

INSPIRE-UTC 2019 Annual Meeting

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Second Department

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Source Publication Title

Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (2019: Aug. 4-7, St. Louis, MO)

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Evaluations of Multiple Non-Destructive Techniques on Top and Bottom Surfaces of a Reinforced Concrete Bridge Deck

St. Louis, Missouri

This study is intended to assess the integrity of a reinforced concrete bridge deck at the Missouri S&T campus using non-destructive testing (NDT) methods performed at top and bottom surfaces of the bridge deck. These utilized methods are named ground generating radar (GPR), impact echo (IE), and ultrasonic surface waves (USW). GPR was applied using 1.6 GHz and 2.5 GHz antennas to transmit and receive electromagnetic radio waves at embedded concrete reinforcement or distinct contacts between solid and loose concrete materials with different dielectric properties. Due to significant variations of the apparent depth to top of the embedded reinforcing steel bars, it was difficult to interpret the GPR results for the bridge deck assessment. Therefore, GPR results are often calibrated in application with ground truth data from either borehole tests or other nondestructive methods, such as IE and USW. IE and USW are based on the reflection of the acoustic waves at discontinuity (e.g., delamination). Both IE and USW data were acquired using portable seismic property analyzer (PSPA) device. USW is used to measure the variations of Young’s modulus of concrete deck and IE is used to measure depth to possible embedded defects in concrete deck. Eventually, USW and IE results were used as an indicative of the concrete quality of the bridge deck. An approximately 10 x 9 ft. sections were surveyed at the top and the bottom surfaces of the bridge deck in order to evaluate and correlate the three NDTs results for the bridge deck assessment.