Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Bridge deck assessment; Ground penetrating radar (GPR); Hammer sounding and chain drag; Portable seismic property analyzer (PSPA); Ultrasonic surface wave (USW); Using non-destructive techniques for bridge deck assessment


"Integrated non-destructive techniques were utilized to assess the condition of a reinforced concrete bridge deck. There were two main objectives accomplished.

The first objective was to assess the integrity of the reinforced concrete bridge deck using four non-destructive techniques, namely visual inspection, ground penetrating radar, portable seismic property analyzer-ultrasonic surface wave, and hammer sounding and chain drag. Visual inspection data were used to identify signs of deterioration on surface of the bridge deck such as cracking, concrete leaching, and reinforcement corrosion. Ground penetrating radar data were used to determine the relative condition of the bridge deck. However, due to the significant differences in depth of the embedded reinforcements, ground penetrating radar data were not useful in terms of assessing the overall condition of the bridge deck. Portable seismic property analyzer-ultrasonic surface wave data were used to determine the concrete quality of the bridge deck by estimating averag Young's modulus (elastic modulus). Hammer sounding and chain drag data were used to identify non-delaminated and severe delaminated areas in the bridge deck.

The second objective was to demonstrate the effect of temperature and moisture content changes on ground penetrating radar signal amplitude. Ground penetrating radar signal amplitude variations associated with different weather condition of temperature and moisture changes were evaluated. Ground penetrating radar signal amplitude was increasingly attenuated during low temperature and high moisture content. In contrast, ground penetrating radar signal amplitude was decreasingly attenuated during high temperature low moisture content"--Abstract, page iii.


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

Committee Member(s)

Torgashov, Evgeniy V.
Rogers, J. David


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Geological Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2018


xii, 63 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 60-62).


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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 11409

Electronic OCLC #