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Why Not Enlarge the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Experience in Construction Maintenance – Problems, Practice, Ideas etc.?

By Valentin D. Vladimirov


In the construction area evaluation visual methods and expertise predominate. But modern inspection needs quantitative mechanical parameters non-destructively (ND) received. Many ND techniques are developed in the NDT area. The main problem is that the great success reached in NDT methods development is predominantly for the homogenous materials, as metals, in the most cases iron products – different steels. From the other hand most and widespread materials in construction activity are with heterogeneous nature as concrete, stones, bricks etc. So should be developed methods working with such media. In this paper will be observed the methods used and discussed among the prestressed concrete structures professionals. As result the new approaches to be introduced from NDT practice, and possible problems arise. The aim is to adopt from NDT area all possible methods, processes of inspection, analysis, values, certificates, documentation etc. Of coarse there will be skeptics. But we think will be enough enthusiasts, who will be ready to apply significant efforts, to be developed this idea. The perspectives are too attractive! We hope with this paper to provoke and establish more effective collaboration between non-destructive testing and prestressed concrete structures professionals. For the construction area it will be very useful and for non-destructive testing society will be huge new market

Topics: non-destructive testing, prestressed concrete structures, materials evaluation
Year: 2012
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