Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) comparatively evaluated the ability of a number of NDE techniques to generate an image of the volume of 6.5′ X 5.0′ X 10″ concrete specimens fabricated at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) NDE Validation Facility in Gainesville, Florida. These test blocks were fabricated to test the ability of various NDE methods to characterize various placements and sizes of rebar as well as simulated cracking and non-consolidation flaws. The first version of the ultrasonic linear array device, MIRA [version 1], was one of 7 different NDE equipment used to characterize the specimens. This paper deals with the ability of this equipment to determine subsurface characterizations such as reinforcing steel relative size, concrete thickness, irregularities, and inclusions using Kirchhoff-based migration techniques. The ability of individual synthetic aperture focusing technique (SAFT) B-scan cross sections resulting from self-contained scans are compared with various processing, analysis, and interpretation methods using the various features fabricated in the specimens for validation. The performance is detailed, especially with respect to the limitations and implications for evaluation of a thicker, more heavily reinforced concrete structures.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||41st Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, Volume 34|
|Editors||Dale E. Chimenti, Leonard J. Bond|
|Publisher||American Institute of Physics Inc.|
|Number of pages||11|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2015|
|Event||41st Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, QNDE 2014 - Boise, United States|
Duration: Jul 20 2014 → Jul 25 2014
|Name||AIP Conference Proceedings|
|Conference||41st Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, QNDE 2014|
|Period||7/20/14 → 7/25/14|
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