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Quality inspection of highway guardrail posts partly embedded based on longitudinal guided waves technology
Author(s): Cun-fu He; Xue-pu Wang; Xiu-yan Wang; Bin Wu
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Paper Abstract

The guardrail is one of the most important attachments in the highway. The compactness of the soil around it, called as embedded quality, determines the crashworthiness performance of the guardrails. Unqualified guardrail posts can not avoid severe accidents happen. But there are not efficient nondestructive detecting methods until now. So we research on the applications of ultrasonic guided waves technology to inspect guardrail post length and embedded quality. For cylindrical guardrail posts, ultrasonic guided waves can be used for their length measurement and evaluation of embedded quality. In this paper, the effect of the parameters of soil including density, the velocities of longitudinal and shear waves on propagation characteristics of longitudinal guided waves modes is analyzed and verified experimentally. It indicates the change of soil characteristics have no effect on group velocity of L(0,2) mode in the frequency range from 160kHz to 270kHz and it will convenient to the length measurement of guardrail post with different embedded conditions. However, the attenuation of the same L(0,2) mode increases monotonously with increasing soil compactness. As a result, L(0,2) mode in the frequency range from 160kHz to 270kHz can be used to evaluate embedded quality of guardrail post to improve the safety of guardrails in the highway.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2009
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7375, ICEM 2008: International Conference on Experimental Mechanics 2008, 73755Q (25 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.839353
Show Author Affiliations
Cun-fu He, Beijing Univ. of Technology (China)
Xue-pu Wang, Beijing Univ. of Technology (China)
Xiu-yan Wang, Beijing Univ. of Technology (China)
Bin Wu, Beijing Univ. of Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7375:
ICEM 2008: International Conference on Experimental Mechanics 2008
Xiaoyuan He; Huimin Xie; YiLan Kang, Editor(s)

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