Nondestructive Analysis of a Concrete Tunnel Model Using a Newly Proposed Combined Stress Wave Propagation Method

This paper summarizes the measured properties of a 3-layer model concrete tunnel lining using a newly proposed combined stress wave propagation (CSWP) method. The spectral analysis of surface waves (SASW) and impact echo (IE) methods were used in combination to determine the in-place dynamic properties of the tunnel lining and to locate embedded voids. Simultaneously, the free-free resonant column (FFRC) method was independently used to determine the dynamic properties of the materials used to construct the concrete tunnel lining. Finally, a direct P-wave (DPW) measurement was used to compare and verify measurements recorded using the CSWP method. Results indicate that the combination of the SASW and IE methods, along with FFRC measurements, provides a more efficient procedure that leads to the accurate determination of the P-wave and shear wave velocities, depths of layers, and locations of embedded voids without the need to make any assumptions of material properties. Thus, more physical properties can be found using this proposed procedure than by using the techniques independently, and the procedure is more efficient than performing each task separately.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Boone, Shane D
    • Barr, P J
    • Bay, James A
  • Publication Date: 2009-11


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  • Accession Number: 01147339
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 28 2009 6:06PM