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NDE of historic structures: USS Constitution
Author(s): Robert J. Ross; Kent A. McDonald; Lawrence A. Soltis; Patrick Otton
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Paper Abstract

The USS Constitution is the oldest flowing commissioned ship in the US Navy. Recently, the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, was involved in developing an inspection methodology for the use of Navy personnel responsible for maintaining the ship. Several NDE techniques were used to assess the condition of fasteners in the ship and the general condition of the wood comprising it. Radiography and ultrasonic techniques were used to assess the condition of the copper pins used as fasteners. Stress wave NDE techniques were used to locate areas of degradation in the wood. This paper describes the stress wave techniques employed and results obtained form their use.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 November 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2944, Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials and Composites, (15 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.259067
Show Author Affiliations
Robert J. Ross, USDA Forest Service (United States)
Kent A. McDonald, USDA Forest Service (United States)
Lawrence A. Soltis, USDA Forest Service (United States)
Patrick Otton, U.S. Navy (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2944:
Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials and Composites
Steven R. Doctor; Carol A. Nove; George Y. Baaklini, Editor(s)

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