Surface wave techniques for evaluation of concrete structures

John S. Popovics, Odile Abraham

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This chapter describes non-destructive test methods based on surface-guided mechanical waves for application to concrete. After a summary of the history of development of the methods, surface wave propagation in homogeneous and layered media is reviewed, and analytical and numerical modeling efforts are described. Specific time domain and frequency domain surface wave methods are introduced, including the spectral analysis of surface waves (SASW) and multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW) methods. The needed equipment are described and finally successful applications to concrete structures are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNon-Destructive Evaluation of Reinforced Concrete Structures
Subtitle of host publicationNon-Destructive Testing Methods
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9781845699505
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Attenuation
  • Concrete
  • Cracks
  • Multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW)
  • Non-destructive evaluation (NDE)
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT)
  • Spectral analysis of surface waves (SASW)
  • Surface wave
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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