Non-Destructive Testing of Concrete Structures Workshop
06 – 07 October 2022
Background, content, purpose and structure of the Workshop
Worldwide, concrete durability issues continue to gain importance in engineering practice and education. Reinforced concrete deterioration is commonly related to the adequacy of the protection to steel offered by the concrete cover layer, which is subjected to the action of aggressive agents from the surrounding environment. Damage to structures may also be initiated by chemical, physical or mechanical actions, leading to cracking, delamination, and internal damage. Several test methods for quality assurance and damage characterization of hardened concrete are available. In future, these methods will increasingly be used for design, quality assurance, and condition assessment of concrete members and concrete structures.
The workshop dealt with non-destructive testing methods (NDT) in civil engineering for quality control and condition assessment. Condition assessment contributes to the choice of appropriate methods for concrete repair projects. Quality control helps to assure a high-quality standard for concrete members or concrete repair. NDT methods for new constructions as well as methods to assess existing structures were discussed. State-of-the art methods were presented as well as methods ready for use in the near future.
The purpose of the workshop was to provide participants with a basic understanding on methods, their principles and techniques for non-destructive testing and condition assessment of concrete structures. Both theoretical and practical issues were considered.
The workshop consisted of a series of lectures and practical demonstrations in the laboratory of the University of Cape Town. In the practical demonstrations, various non-destructive test methods were demonstrated, indicating their correct application and interpretation of results.
Participant target groups
Structural engineers and contractors involved in structural assessment and repair / rehabilitation of concrete structures.
- Students and academics
The cost for attending was R 4600 for ICCRRR delegates. For further enquiries, contact the workshop convener.