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Title: Nondestructive Evaluation of Thick Concrete Structures

Materials issues are a key concern for the existing nuclear reactor fleet in the United States as material degradation can lead to increased maintenance, increased downtime, and increased risk. Extending reactor life to 60 years and beyond will likely increase susceptibility and severity of both known and new forms of degradation. A multitude of concrete-based structures are typically part of a light water reactor plant to provide foundation, support, shielding, and containment functions. The size and complexity of nuclear power plant containment structures and the heterogeneity of Portland cement concrete make characterization of the degradation extent a difficult task. This paper examines the benefits of using time-frequency analysis with Synthetic Aperture Focusing Technique (SAFT). By using wavelet packet decomposition, the original ultrasound signals are decomposed into various frequency bands that facilitates highly selective analysis of the signal’s frequency content and can be visualized using the familiar SAFT image reconstruction algorithm.
  1. ORNL
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Conference: International Symposium on Non-Destructive Testing in Civil Engineering, Berlin, Germany, 20150915, 20150917
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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United States
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS Concrete; nondestructive evaluation; nuclear power plant; life extension; sustainability; frequency band analysis; wavelet