Nondestructive evaluation of distress in concrete bridge decks

Eric N. Landis*, Surendra P. Shah

*Corresponding author for this work

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The work described in this paper is part of a comprehensive research program to develop nondestructive evaluation techniques to aid bridge management decisions. One part of this research program is the evaluation of concrete bridge decks. For brevity, this paper focuses on an application of acoustic emission techniques to passive monitoring of corrosion in bridge deck reinforcing steel. This exploratory research was carried out to evaluate the possibility of incorporating acoustic emission sensors into an overall bridge monitoring system. Preliminary results indicate that the techniques described are much more sensitive to corrosion activity, particularly at the onset of corrosion, than traditional electrical current measurements, and thus could be of some use in bridge monitoring applications. Future work will focus on scaling up from the laboratory to field applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRestructuring
Subtitle of host publicationAmerica and Beyond
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
EventProceedings of the 13th Structures Congress. Part 1 (of 2) - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Apr 3 1995Apr 5 1995


OtherProceedings of the 13th Structures Congress. Part 1 (of 2)
CityBoston, MA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture


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