Non-Destructive Test Method for Rapid Determination of the Chemical Composition of Concrete in Field

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5712C10064
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT5712C10064
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 122FH2
Solicitation Number: DTRT5712RSBIR2
Small Business Information
Metna Co.
1926 Turner Street, Lansing, MI, 48906-4051
DUNS: 968332846
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jue Lu
 Director of Product Development
 (517) 485-9583
 metnaco11@gmail.com
Business Contact
 Parviz Soroushian
Title: President
Phone: (517) 485-9583
Email: metnaco@gmail.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
While thorough assessment of concrete chemistry is vital to evaluating the health of (transportation) infrastructure systems, the costly and time-consuming nature of available chemical analysis methods limit their applications. A nondestructive test method will be developed for thorough evaluation of concrete chemistry and deterioration conditions at different depths. An analytical chemistry method has been identified which provides comprehensive capabilities for accomplishing this goal. A portable system which embodies key features of this method will be devised, and data collection, signal processing/interpretation and statistical analysis methods will be developed for resolving the heterogeneous and gradient structure of concrete. A first-generation variation of the system will be developed for validating the approach within the time constraints of Phase I project. The first-generation system will be used in conjunction with the signal processing and data interpretation schemes for nondestructive field evaluation of representative transportation infrastructure systems. Comprehensive (destructive) laboratory studies, using established wet and analytical chemistry techniques, of cores extracted from the infrastructure systems will also be conducted. The results will be used to verify the potential of the proposed approach to yield an economically viable basis for expedient and thorough nondestructive field evaluation of concrete chemistry and deterioration conditions.

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