Non Destructive Testing of Timber Bridge Girders

Wilkinson, Kym, Thambiratnam, David P., & Ferreira, Luis (2005) Non Destructive Testing of Timber Bridge Girders. In International Conference on Structural Condition Assessment, Monitoring and Improvement, Perth, Western Australia.


It is recommended that timber bridges are inspected at a minimum of two year intervals to determine and rate the condition of the structure to enable the scheduling of maintenance and determine the effectiveness of past maintenance treatments. During these inspections it is necessary that a visual inspection be undertaken in conjunction with a drilling survey of all major structural elements.
Unfortunately current methods of drilling can promote the deterioration of these structural elements and the reserves of timber that are suitable for bridge construction and maintenance are scarce. It is therefore imperative that asset managers consider using alternative methods such as Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) during routine inspections.
The Resistograph is a quasi non-destructive evaluation tool that was developed for testing the soundness of European softwoods that is now available in Australia. This paper will present the results of testing the resistograph on timber hardwood bridge.

Impact and interest:

Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

1,796 since deposited on 22 Mar 2006
74 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 3722
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Timber, bridge, non destructive testing, drill, resistograph
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MATERIALS ENGINEERING (091200) > Timber Pulp and Paper (091210)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 22 Mar 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:16

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page