Advanced Corrosion Detection Combining Chemical Odor and Magnetic Flux Measurements

It has been reported that of the over 600,000 bridges in the United States, 7.5% are structurally deficient. This is often a result of some form of corrosion whether external or internal. Common advances to monitor corrosion include magnetic flux and acoustic emission measurements. However, chemical reactions that occur during metal corrosion may generate changes in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) above and around the corroded material. Over the past 25 years the Furton group has studied the VOCs detected by canines and developed training aids for applications ranging from agricultural applications, medical applications (including COVID-19) and forensic applications including mass storage devices and we are currently studying fentanyl odors and canines ability to detect fentanyl. Although there are no reports of applying odor analysis and canine detection for the application proposed a preliminary study on dogs ability to detect corrosion under insulation in oil and gas processing plants was conducted by Schoon et al. suggesting that the application merits further attention.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $70000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)

    Florida International University
    10555 W. Flagler Street
    Miami, FL  United States  33174

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Florida International University

    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    10555 W. Flagler Street, EC 3680
    Miami, FL  United States  33174
  • Principal Investigators:

    Furton, Kenneth G

  • Start Date: 20230530
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01889309
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747121
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2023 12:02AM