Modeling of subsurface pulsed radar for nondestructive testing of structures

S.G. Millard, M.R. Shaw, A. Giannopoulos, Marios Soutsos

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    The use of pulsed radar for investigating the integrity of structural elements is gaining popularity and becoming firmly established as a nondestructive test method in civil engineering. Difficulties can often arise in the interpretation of results obtained, particularly where internal details are relatively complex. One approach that can be used to understand and evaluate radar results is through numerical modeling of signal propagation and reflection. By comparing the results of a numerical modeling with those from field measurements, engineers can gain valuable insight into the probable features embedded beneath the surface of a structural element. This paper discusses a series of numerical techniques for modeling subsurface radar and compares the precision of the results with those taken from real field data. It is found that more complex problems require more sophisticated analysis techniques to obtain realistic results, with a consequential increase in the computational resources to carry out the modeling.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)188-196
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Materials in Civil Engineering
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Building and Construction
    • Materials Science(all)

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