Masters Theses


"This study investigates two bridge decks in the state of Missouri using both nondestructive and destructive testing methods. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of over 10,000 bridges. Currently monitoring of these bridges includes a comprehensive visual inspection. In this study, ground-coupled ground penetrating radar (GPR) is used to estimate deterioration, along with other traditional methods, including visual inspection, and core evaluation. Extracted core samples were carefully examined, and the volume of permeable pore space was determined for each core. After the initial investigation, the two bridges underwent rehabilitation using hydrodemolition as a method to remove loose or deteriorated concrete. Depths and locations of material removal were determined using light detection and ranging (lidar). Data sets were compared to determine the accuracy of GPR to predict deterioration for condition monitoring and rehabilitation planning of bridge decks. As shown by the lidar survey of the material removed during rehabilitation, the GPR top reinforcement reflection amplitude accurately predicted regions of deterioration within the bridge decks. In general, regions with lower reflection amplitudes, indicating more evidence of deterioration, corresponded to regions with greater depths of material removal during the rehabilitation. Also, the GPR top reinforcement reflection amplitude indicated deterioration in areas where visual deterioration was noticed from the top surface of the deck. The majority of cores with delaminations were extracted from sections where the GPR top reinforcement reflection amplitude indicated greater evidence of deterioration based on lower amplitude values."--Abstract, page iii.


Sneed, Lesley

Committee Member(s)

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


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering


Missouri. Department of Transportation
National University Transportation Center


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2014


xi, 134 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-133).


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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Concrete bridges -- Floors -- Inspection
Ground penetrating radar
Bridges -- Maintenance and repair
Concrete -- Nondestructive testing
Concrete bridges -- Floors -- Remote sensing
Optical radar

Thesis Number

T 10447

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