Ultrasonic tomography is an emerging method of nondestructive concrete pavement diagnostics which can be used for improved quality assurance/quality control during concrete pavement construction and assist in rehabilitation decision making. Detection of flaws using ultrasonic tomography requires significant effort and user expertise. To address these limitations, a quantitative method for determining the presence of defects in concrete pavements was developed. The proposed method is an adaptation of the recently developed impact-echo signature analysis method (IESA), which is used for comparison of impact-echo signals. The proposed two-dimensional ultrasonic tomography signature analysis (2D-UTSA) method was used to compare two-dimensional B-scans obtained using a commercial test system in field trials at the Minnesota Rd. Research Facility and the Federal Aviation Administration's National Airport Pavement Test Facility. Analysis of the results showed that the 2D-UTSA method is capable of identifying subsurface defects.
- Airport pavement