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   of Large Concrete Bridge Structures (CROSS-IT)

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Project number: 286981


Start date: 1 November 2011


Project duration: 2 years


Funded: within the EC - FP7 'Capacities' programme under the call for 'Research for the Benefit of SMEs'.




General Description:

The CROSS-IT project aims to develop new technology based on Ultrasonic Guided Waves to inspect the concrete structure and steel reinforcements for dangerous levels of age-related degradation that can be caused by water ingress into surface cracks resulting in corrosion of internal steel re-bars and reinforcement. Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) will be used to locate the internal steel re-bars and reinforcement and to compliment the Ultrasonic Guided Wave technology.

The developed Guided Waves technology will be able to scan the concrete and display the results as a visual map on a connected laptop. The laptop will run a purpose designed condition monitoring program based on advanced artificial Intelligence like a Neural Networks to match the ultrasonic patterns. CROSS-IT system could be also permanently installed to the bridge structure to enable a real time structural health monitoring system.

The project funding mechanism will be through the EC - FP7 'Capacities' programme under the call for 'Research for the Benefit of SMEs'.

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