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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-12-052
Date: May 2012

 

NDE Virtual Laboratory Development Workshop Summary

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Text Box: NDE Virtual Laboratory Development Workshop Summary: TFHRC, McLean, Virginia - December 19, 2011

FOREWORD

The Federal Highway Administration's Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program addresses the need to conduct longer term and higher risk breakthrough research with the potential for transformational improvements to plan, build, renew, and operate safe, congestion free, and environmentally sound transportation systems. The EAR Program serves as an important complement to field-based, applied research programs, such as the Long Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program. The EAR Program can accelerate and advance innovative methods by changing the mechanisms used to conduct research and the group of people who have access to research tools by leveraging new information science and communications technologies.

On December 19, 2011, at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) in McLean, VA, the EAR Program and Office of Infrastructure R&D convened a 1-day workshop to consider the value of and process for developing a national virtual laboratory for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) for highway structures. The purpose of the workshop was to further define the concept of a national virtual research laboratory for NDE of highway structures and pavements. A national virtual research laboratory would provide a mechanism for researchers from different academic institutions, Government agencies, and industry to coordinate and cooperate on NDE research, more effectively and quickly build on and advance work conducted by others, and increase access for new investigators into NDE research. All of these benefits substantially increases the potential for breakthrough approaches and improved movement of research from the laboratory to field testing and commercialization.

Jorge E. Pagán-Ortiz
Director, Office of Infrastructure R&D

Debra S. Elston
Director, Office of Corporate Research, Technology,
and Innovation Management

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1. Report No.

FHWA-HRT-12-052

2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

NDE Virtual Laboratory Development Workshop Summary

5. Report Date

May 2012

6. Performing Organization Code:

7. Author(s)

Tom Morton

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Woodward Communications

1420 N Street, NW., Suite 102

Washington, DC 20005

10. Work Unit No.

11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-09-F-00027

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Corporate Research, Technology, and Innovation Management

Federal Highway Administration

6300 Georgetown Pike

McLean, VA 22101-2296

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Summary Report, December 19, 2011

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

HRTM-30

15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA Contracting Officer's Task Manager (COTM): Zachary Ellis, HRTM-30

16. Abstract

On December 19, 2011, at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) in McLean, VA, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program convened a 1-day workshop to consider the value of and process for developing a national virtual laboratory for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) for highway structures.

 

A national virtual laboratory could include test and sample protocols to allow comparison and validation of research done at different locations, research data and metadata to allow future researchers and students to analyze or re-examine results, and analysis and visualization tools to aid in examining and reporting research data.

 

Previously, FHWA's EAR Program sponsored a National Research Council Associate to conduct a project, "NDE for corrosion detection in reinforced concrete structures incorporating time-resolved thermography combined with three-dimensional (3-D) microwave imaging" at TFHRC's NDE Laboratory. The EAR Program then supported a workshop addressing the use of NDE tools at the Transportation Research Board's 2011 Annual Meeting. The December 19th workshop was held to advance the findings from these efforts regarding an NDE Virtual Laboratory.

17. Key Words

Non-destructive evaluation, virtual NDE laboratory, corrosion detection, reinforced concrete structures, national virtual research laboratory.

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)

Unclassified

20. Security Classif. (of this page)

Unclassified

21. No. of Pages

18

22. Price

N/A

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Table of Contents

Introduction

On December 19, 2011, at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) in McLean, VA, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program convened a 1-day workshop to consider the value of and process for developing a national virtual laboratory for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) for highway structures.

Following a January 2011 Transportation Research Board workshop on NDE for bridge maintenance, the EAR Program and Office of Infrastructure Research and Development's (R&D) Infrastructure Management Team invited a small group of national experts to meet at TFHRC to further define the concept of a national virtual research laboratory for NDE.

A national virtual research laboratory comprised of common physical and virtual experiments could allow researchers from different academic institutions, government agencies, and industry to coordinate and cooperate on NDE research. It could more effectively and quickly allow researchers to build on and advance work conducted by others as well as increase access for new investigators into NDE research.

Attendees

Emin Aktan
Drexel University

Necati Catbas
University of Central Florida

Zachary Ellis
Federal Highway Administration

Hamid Ghasemi
Federal Highway Administration

Nenad Gucunski
Rutgers University

Terry Halkyard
Federal Highway Administration

Dryver Huston
University of Vermont

Kornel Kerenyi
Federal Highway Administration

David Kuehn
Federal Highway Administration

Ali Maher
CAIT Rutgers University

Sami Masri
University of Southern California

Soheil Nazarian
University of Texas at El Paso

Jonathan Porter
Federal Highway Administration

Thomas Schumacher
University of Delaware

Konstantinos Triantis
National Science Foundation

Discussion

Following initial introductions and an overview of the background experiences of each workshop participant, discussion focused on the following key areas: the potential benefits of a virtual NDE laboratory for highway structures; potential research topics and critical questions; and options for participation and management structure. An overview of next steps, funding, and potential timing was also provided.

Potential Benefits

Research Community and Education

Broader Practitioner Community (e.g., engineers, asset owners and operators, commercial vendors)

Potential Research Topics and Critical Questions

Implementation Issues

Further Investigation

Ongoing Needs

Moving Forward

Options for Participation and Management Structure

Organization

Potential Cautions

Administration

Potential Participants

Next Steps and Potential Timings

About the Exploratory Advanced Research Program

FHWA's Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program focuses on long-term, high-risk research with a high payoff potential. The program addresses underlying gaps faced by applied highway research programs, anticipates emerging issues with national implications, and reflects broad transportation industry goals and objectives.

To learn more about the EAR Program, visit the Exploratory Advanced Research Web site at www.fhwa.dot.gov/advancedresearch. The site features information on research solicitations, updates on ongoing research, links to published materials, summaries of past EAR Program events, and details on upcoming events.

For additional information, contact David Kuehn, FHWA, 202-493-3414 (email: david.kuehn@dot.gov); or Terry Halkyard, FHWA, 202-493-3467 (email: terry.halkyard@dot.gov); or Zachary Ellis, FHWA, 202-493-3193 (email: zachary.ellis@dot.gov).

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