Airport pavement NDE research at CQEFP

John S Popovics, Jan D. Achenbach

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The Center for Quality Engineering and Failure Prevention (CQEFP) at Northwestern University is actively involved in the development of new stress-wave based non-destructive evaluation techniques for airport pavements. This paper summarizes recent accomplishments and outlines current research directions. The development of a new stress-wave source is detailed first. The stress-wave generating technique allows for a high degree of control of the input stress wave while at the same time enabling the generation of significant wave amplitudes. Experimental results on concrete specimens demonstrate the controllability and penetrating ability of the developed stress wave generation technique. Its performance is compared to that of an impact source. Experimental results from an existing stress-wave based NDE technique, the impact-echo method, are presented and limitations of that approach are demonstrated. Finally, directions of future airport pavement NDE research at CQEFP, which focus upon application of the developed stress wave generation technique to pavement NDE problems, are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsRaymond D. Rempt, Alfred L. Broz
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventNondestructive Evaluation of Aging Aircraft, Airports, and Aerospace Hardware - Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Duration: Dec 3 1996Dec 5 1996


OtherNondestructive Evaluation of Aging Aircraft, Airports, and Aerospace Hardware
CityScottsdale, AZ, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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