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Airport pavement NDE research at CQEFP
Author(s): John S. Popovics; Jan D. Achenbach
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Paper Abstract

The Center for Quality Engineering and Failure Prevention (CQEFP) at Northwestern University is actively involved in the development of new stress-wave based non-destructive evaluation techniques for airport pavements. This paper summarizes recent accomplishments and outlines current research directions. The development of a new stress-wave source is detailed first. The stress-wave generating technique allows for a high degree of control of the input stress wave while at the same time enabling the generation of significant wave amplitudes. Experimental results on concrete specimens demonstrate the controllability and penetrating ability of the developed stress wave generation technique. Its performance is compared to that of an impact source. Experimental results from an existing stress-wave based NDE technique, the impact-echo method, are presented and limitations of that approach are demonstrated. Finally, directions of future airport pavement NDE research at CQEFP, which focus upon application of the developed stress wave generation technique to pavement NDE problems, are outlined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 November 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2945, Nondestructive Evaluation of Aging Aircraft, Airports, and Aerospace Hardware, (14 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.259103
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John S. Popovics, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Jan D. Achenbach, Northwestern Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2945:
Nondestructive Evaluation of Aging Aircraft, Airports, and Aerospace Hardware
Raymond D. Rempt; Alfred L. Broz, Editor(s)

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