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Missouri Bridge Decks GPR and IRT,A Case Study for Missouri Bridge Decks GPR and IRT
Release time:2018-07-16













Missouri Bridge Decks GPR and IRT





ground penetrating radar (GPR) and infrared thermographic (IRT) inspection of 36 bridge decks was conducted in Missouri, USA. The objectives were to provide an up-to-date assessment of the physical condition of the concrete decks, including the overall quantity of corrosion induced deteriorated concrete within the bridges and identification of locations where repairs may be required. The survey was conducted for the Missouri Department of Transportation. 

For this inspection two non-contacting, nondestructive test methods were utilized: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Infrared Thermography (IRT). The Integrated Radar Inspection System (IRIS), a vehicular based GPR inspection system installed with an array of one-nanosecond (1GHz), air-coupled (non-contacting) antennas, was used for the GPR tests. The Penetradar IRIS GPR equipment was developed under the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) for the nondestructive evaluation of bridges and roadways,. Penetradar’s ThermaMap infrared thermographic bridge deck inspection system was used for the IRT deck inspection. Both the IRIS and ThermaMap systems are capable of high-speed inspection and quantitative assessment of bridge deck condition. 



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Earth Products China are excited to present to you Penetradar's new array of ground penetrating radar and infrared thermography products. A general description of Penetradar's GPR systems are as below:

  • The IRIS-P is a single channel GPR which can be configured for many applications, ranging from pavement inspection (airport and roadway) to site inspections of various types.
  • The IRIS-L, is a low cost, dual channel GPR. It is portable and can be used on-site for manual type site surveys or installed into a vehicle.
  • The IRIS-MP is a man-portable GPR. It is a single channel GPR available in 1GHz or 2GHz non-contacting versions.
  • The IRIS is a high-end, multichannel GPR that is recommended for high-speed, pavement layer mapping, subsurface voids and moisture detection, as well as bridge deck condition evaluation.







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