Vehicle-Mounted Bridge Deck Scanner

The objective of the proposed research project is to develop a vehicle-mounted Bridge Deck Scanner (BDS) based on nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technologies for the rapid and quantitative internal evaluation of reinforced concrete bridge decks, using a combination of Impact Echo (IE), Automated Acoustic Sounding, Spectral Analysis of Surface Waves (SASW), and Slab Impulse Response (SIR) methods. This research will explore and implement rolling contact and noncontact transducers used by all four test methods in the BDS. Where technically feasible, airborne transducers will allow for rapid testing and eliminate the problem of coupling between the sensors and the surface of bridge decks. The final product of the research will be a vehicle-mounted prototype system. This prototype system is envisioned to have multiple rolling contact sensors and/or airborne noncontact transducers with different types of sources to perform IE, Automated Sounding, SASW, and SIR tests. This NDE system will be designed to be easily attachable and detachable from any vehicle (e.g., from the ball on a truck hitch). Results from the four NDE tests address different aspects of the internal conditions of concrete decks. The scanning feature using a vehicle will expedite the field-testing process and allow near-continuous testing along the bridge deck by the BDS system.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-30, IDEA

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Jawed, Inam

  • Start Date: 20080902
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 18979

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547254
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-30, IDEA
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 4 2014 1:00AM