Comparison of synthetic aperture radar and impact-echo imaging for detecting delamination in concrete

J. S. Popovics, S. Ham, M. T. Ghasr, R. Zoughi

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Abstract

In this paper we evaluate the utility of microwave and mechanical wave nondestructive testing techniques to detect delamination in reinforced concrete bridge deck mock-up samples. The mechanical wave tests comprise air-coupled impact-echo measurements, while the microwave measurements comprise three-dimensional synthetic aperture radar imaging using wideband reflectometery in the frequency range of 1-4 GHz. The results of these investigations are presented in terms of images that are generated from these data. Based on a comparison of the results, we show that the two methods are complementary, in that provide distinct capabilities for defect detection. More specifically, the former approach is unable to detect depth of a delaminated region, while the latter may provide this information. Therefore, the two methods may be used in a complementary fashion (i.e., data fusion) to give more comprehensive information about the 3D location of delamination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation - Incorporating the 10th International Conference on Barkhausen Noise and Micromagnetic Testing
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Pages866-871
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780735412118
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, QNDE 2013, Incorporating the 10th International Conference on Barkhausen and Micro-Magnetics, ICBM 2013 - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2013Jul 26 2013

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1581 33
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, QNDE 2013, Incorporating the 10th International Conference on Barkhausen and Micro-Magnetics, ICBM 2013
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD
Period7/21/137/26/13

Keywords

  • Concrete Bridge Decks
  • Flexural Mode
  • Impact-Echo
  • Microwave Imaging
  • Near-Surface Delaminations
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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