Ultrasonic Testing of Concrete Structures Using Indirect Transmission

    Volume 36, Issue 2 (March 2008)

    ISSN: 0090-3973

    CODEN: JTEOAD

    Published Online: 15 November 2007

    Page Count: 8


    Stergiopoulou, Christina
    Research Assistant and Professors, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

    McCuen, Richard H.
    Research Assistant and Professors, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

    Aggour, M. Sherif
    Research Assistant and Professors, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

    (Received 23 March 2007; accepted 10 October 2007)

    Abstract

    Laboratory studies and computer simulation were used to develop a procedure for the interpretation of the results of nondestructive testing of concrete structures using the indirect transmission method. The results of the laboratory studies indicate a 10-cm spacing is best for making ultrasonic pulse measurements. A new method of calculating the velocity of the pulse is presented. The method enables concrete quality to be evaluated over short distances rather than the existing method which gives a mean velocity over an extended distance. The method can thus determine the extent of delamination of concrete at a specific location. The laboratory analyses verified using computer simulations show the effect of concrete heterogeneity on the detection of variation in concrete quality. Ultrasonic pulse velocities have a coefficient of variation of about 2 %.


    Paper ID: JTE101158

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE101158

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    Title Ultrasonic Testing of Concrete Structures Using Indirect Transmission
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