The Role of Nondestructive Testing in Assessing the Infrastructure Crisis

by Bernard H. Hertlein, STS Consultants Ltd, Northbrook, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Materials: Performance and Prevention of Deficiencies and Failures

Abstract: At present the role of nondestructive testing in the evaluation of infrastructure deterioration is an extremely limited one. In the Author's experience this is, in part, due to a reluctance by some Engineers to accept certain new technologies, and, more largely, due to a general lack of familiarity with the capabilities of current nondestructive test methods. This paper reviews the current 'state-of-the-art' of modern nondestructive test methods, and suggests an increased role for them in evaluating infrastructure condition.

Subject Headings: Nondestructive tests | Penetration tests | Infrastructure | Deterioration | Concrete pavements | Pavement condition | Highways and roads | Material tests

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