Ultrasonic analysis modifications for imaging of concrete infrastructure

James Bittner, John Popovics

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The backbone of modern infrastructure is concrete, yet modern ultrasonic characterization techniques often fail to be accurate and repeatable. Recent advances in low frequency ultrasonic array hardware have generated a new potential for improved material and structural characterization of concrete. However, the analysis and interpretation associated with the new array based hardware is more difficult than previous ultrasonic concrete applications. In this paper we present three data analysis algorithm modifications and experimentally validate each modification for improvement over the existing commercial algorithms. Validation of each modification occurs in full scale in-service samples. After validation in this paper we present a commercially analyzed inconclusive inspection of a bridge deck, with applying the modified algorithms the results are improved and a conclusion can be safely reached.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2017
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781538633830
StatePublished - Oct 31 2017
Event2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2017 - Washington, United States
Duration: Sep 6 2017Sep 9 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS
ISSN (Print)1948-5719
ISSN (Electronic)1948-5727


Other2017 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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