INSPIRE Archived Webinars


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INSPIRE-University Transportation Center Webinars

Webinar Date

12 Mar 2020, 11:00 am


Elastic wave-based non-destructive testing (NDT) methods are commonly used for evaluation of civil engineering infrastructure, including bridges, dams and buildings. However, most of these methods require coupling (direct contact) between sensors and the test surface, which significantly restricts the testing speed and consistency, especially for large scale concrete structures in civil engineering. The air-coupled sensing technology was developed by Dr. Jinying Zhu as a solution for rapid scanning of concrete infrastructure. In this webinar, Dr. Zhu will review the development of air-coupled sensing technique for civil engineering applications, including fundamental theory and field application of air-coupled sensing on concrete structures. She will also present a recently developed automated acoustic scanning system for quick bridge deck evaluation and imaging.


Dr. Jinying Zhu joins University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2014. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Zhejiang University in China and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Zhu's research focuses on non-destructive testing (NDT) and innovative sensing technologies of civil infrastructure and construction materials. These include developing rapid NDT techniques for concrete structures using air-coupled sensors, material characterization using ultrasonic waves, and analysis of wave propagation in heterogeneous materials.

Dr. Zhu and her students received the ACI James Instrument Award for research in nondestructive testing of concrete three times, in 2003, 2011 and 2012, respectively. She is the recipient of 2012 ASNT fellowship Award. She is an associate editor of ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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INSPIRE - University Transportation Center

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Video - Presentation

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