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Mid-America Transportation Center

Nondestructive Evaluation Technologies for Bridge Inspection

Final Report
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University of Missouri


  • Principal Investigator: Glenn Washer ( 573-884-0320)
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Charles Nemmers ( (573) 882-0071)
  • Project Status
  • Start Date: 06/01/2012
  • End Date: 12/31/2013
  • About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    This research project will explore several innovative nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technologies for condition assessment of highway bridges. These technologies detect damage, deterioration and defects in bridges such that repair and maintenance strategies can be employed to ensure bridge safety and a state of good repair. The reliability, application and effectiveness of these technologies will be studied to develop methodologies for field implementation.
    Research Objective
    The objective of the research is to develop improved technologies for the condition assessment of highway bridges.
    Potential Benefits
    The benefits of the research are improved bridge safety and reliability through the application of advanced NDE technologies to detect damage and deterioration. The technologies developed through this research will assist in maintaining the state of good repair by detecting damage and deterioration such that effective maintenance and repair strategies can be employed.
    The goal of this research program in Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) is to improve the safety and reliability of bridges. The results of this research will enhance the safety of the transportation infrastructure by providing better tools for the safety condition assessment of bridges during fabrication, inspection and repair. The research will also enhance the state of good repair by developing technologies for detecting deterioration in its embryonic stages, when maintenance and preservation strategies can be implemented to ensure the state of good repair. The benefit is better, safer and longer lasting steel and concrete bridges and related structures.
    Total Project Cost
    $ 144,384