NDT-CE 2022 - Internationales Symposium für zerstörungsfreie Prüfung im Bauwesen


Vom 16. bis 18. August 2022 ging die "NDT-CE 2022 - Internationales Symposium für zerstörungsfreie Prüfung im Bauwesen" in Zürich über die Bühne. Die IMP war mit folgender Präsentation und Paper vertreten:

Full-waveform inversion of ultrasonic echo signals to evaluate grouting quality of tendon ducts in post-tensioned concrete structures

Volle Wellenfeldinversion von Ultraschallecho-Signalen für die Beurteilung von Verpressfehlern in Spannkabeln im Stahlbeton



NDT-CE 2022 - Internationales Symposium für zerstörungsfreie Prüfung im Bauwesen




Reliable techniques for non-destructive evaluation of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures are of utmost importance for the maintenance of aging infrastructure. A particular area of interest is the evaluation of grouting quality within tendon ducts in post-tensioned concrete. Detecting voids and water-filled cavities in plastic or metal ducts is challenging, especially at greater depths or in the vicinity of rebar. Conventional non-destructive inspection methods based on elastic waves, such as impact-echo or ultrasonic pulse echo method using synthetic aperture focusing and/or signal phase analysis, often lack sensitivity to those defects and/or rely on manual and subjective interpretation of the complex data.

To overcome these problems, we present a synthetic feasibility study based on full-waveform inversion for reliable ultrasonic non-destructive testing. Full-waveform inversion is a powerful imaging technique that infers tomographic reconstructions of the material properties from ultrasound measurements. The method is widely used for geophysical applications based on seismic waves and has recently gained increasing attention for ultrasonic inspection applications.

Using digital twins, we demonstrate the effect of voids and water inclusions on simulated ultrasonic echo signals. This information can be used in an iterative inversion algorithm to create a 3-D quantitative model of the specimen’s interior. We showcase in several numerical examples that even under uncertainties regarding aggregate size distribution and location of the rebar, full-waveform inversion can reveal defects related to the tendon ducts, which enables a robust and automated assessment of the grouting quality.



Dr. Lion Krischer | Mondaic AG | Switzerland

Dr. Elmar Strobach | IMP Bautest AG | Switzerland

Dr. Christian Boehm | Mondaic AG | Switzerland

Dr. Michael Afanasiev | Mondaic AG | Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Ueli Angst | ETH Zurich | Switzerland

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