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Exploration of Ultrasound for the Evaluation and Preservation of Structures

Project Details
STATUS

In-Progress

START DATE

09/15/18

END DATE

03/15/20

FOCUS AREAS

Infrastructure

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, BEC
SPONSORS

Iowa Department of Transportation

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Katelyn Freeseman

Associate Director, BEC

About the research

Recent developments in nondestructive testing technology have opened the door for innovative inspection methods for infrastructure. One such technology is ultrasound evaluation, specifically in the form of linear arrays. A device, called MIRA, which implements this technology was recently acquired by Iowa State University for use in a separate research project regarding the evaluation of pavements. The availability of this tool allows for exploration of other uses of the technology, including inspection and evaluation of bridges and structures. The research team proposes a multi-use investigation of MIRA to determine applicability and advantageous implementation scenarios for the inspection and preservation of bridges and structures.

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