Selected FCI Infrared Thermography Research Projects

Development of a Thermographic Device for Evaluating Integrity of Steel Bridges Nondestructively

Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Project

Assessment of highway bridge coatings has been primarily through visual inspection and destructive testing. This project sought to produce the first quantitative, non-visual nondestructive evaluation tool for bridge coatings for United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Project DTRT57-15-C-10043. This Phase IIB project was conducted from September 25, 2015 to December 25, 2018. The Phase II project DTRT57-11-C-10010 was conducted from February 22, 2011 to August 21, 2014. The Phase I project DTRT57-09-C-10040 was conducted from July 21, 2009 to January 21, 2010.
The technical objective of the project was to develop a nondestructive evaluation (NDE) tool for quantitative assessment of highway bridge coatings. During the project three significant innovations for the measurement of highway bridges and other structures were developed. These innovations provide new ways to inspect and assess structures, providing types of information that did not previously exist. These three significant innovations are 1) an entirely new method to assess and inspect coatings, 2) an entirely new method to assess large concrete structures, and 3) an entirely new method to assess stress distributions in steel structures.