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


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 | Infrastructure | Bridge tests | Penetration tests | Deterioration | Concrete bridges | Concrete pavements | Material tests

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