Nondestructive Evaluation of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls with Frequency-Modulated Continuous-Wave (FM-CW) Radar

Effective techniques for a nondestructive evaluation of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls during normal operation or immediately after an earthquake event are yet to be developed. The main objectives of this project are a) to quantify the laboratory performance and ability of an existing wide-band portable frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FM-CW) radar system for detection of defects behind MSE walls, and b) demonstrate the field applicability and performance of the existing radar system in MSE wall inspections. FM-CW radars offer a significant amount of information about the presence of void location and size behind an MSE wall and other anomalies such as excess moisture and its location.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $74831.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla

    Department of Engineering
    202 University Center
    Rolla, MO    65409
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zoughi, Reza

    Chen, Genda

  • Start Date: 20120701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20131231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33551

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01485573
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC07
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 3 2013 1:00AM