Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods can be used to assess in-service steel bridges for problematic conditions caused by factors such as design, manufacturing, fabrication, and the service effects of traffic and corrosion. This report discusses typical NDE test methods used on bridges, including penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, eddy current testing, ultrasonic testing (including phased array testing), radiography, and acoustic emission testing. NDE operations such as flaw location, characterization, and sizing are covered as well. Results of a national survey of departments of transportation’s (DOTs) use of NDE are presented. A simple procedure for using NDE to address DOT bridge concerns is proposed along with a risk-based inspection approach to scheduling/scoping bridge inspections.
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Hopwood, Theodore II; Goff, Christopher; Fairchild, Jared; and Palle, Sudhir, "Nondestructive Evaluation of Steel Bridges: Methods and Applications" (2016). Kentucky Transportation Center Research Report. 1587.