Location

Seattle, WA

Start Date

1-1-1996 12:00 AM

Description

The detection of fatigue cracks in steel bridge girders has become a major problem for bridge engineers in the USA. Currently, most bridge inspection is carried out using visual methods. Visual methods are time consuming and often miss fatigue cracks hidden under paint or by other bridge members. Snooper trucks or platforms are often required so that the inspector can gain access to all parts of the bridge. This requirement adds to the expense and complexity of the inspection process and often requires that one or more traffic lanes be closed to accommodate the required equipment. In view of the above mentioned problems and that bridge inspection budgets are limited, there exists a critical need for global and semiglobal Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) methods which can evaluate critical parts of the bridge structure rapidly and inexpensively.

Book Title

Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation

Volume

15B

Chapter

Chapter 7: Infrastructure

Section

Steel and Wood Structures

Pages

1847-1852

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4613-0383-1_241

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

Long Range Bridge Girder Evaluation Using Lamb Waves

Seattle, WA

The detection of fatigue cracks in steel bridge girders has become a major problem for bridge engineers in the USA. Currently, most bridge inspection is carried out using visual methods. Visual methods are time consuming and often miss fatigue cracks hidden under paint or by other bridge members. Snooper trucks or platforms are often required so that the inspector can gain access to all parts of the bridge. This requirement adds to the expense and complexity of the inspection process and often requires that one or more traffic lanes be closed to accommodate the required equipment. In view of the above mentioned problems and that bridge inspection budgets are limited, there exists a critical need for global and semiglobal Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) methods which can evaluate critical parts of the bridge structure rapidly and inexpensively.