Dr. Mohammad Pour-Ghaz

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Phone: 919-515-2235
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CE 594-601 Nondestructive Evaluation of Concrete

3 Credit Hours

This course covers the fundamentals, measurement techniques, and data interpretation of a wide range of nondestructive test methods that are commonly used to evaluate the performance of concrete and reinforced concrete materials and structures. This course covers both laboratory and field test methods including: visual inspection methods, surface harness methods, penetration resistance techniques, pullout tests, maturity methods, absorption and permeability test methods, resonant frequency methods, stress wave propagation based methods (ultrasonic pulse velocity, impact based methods, acoustic emission, etc.) , electrically based methods (surface and bulk resistivity and electrical impedance spectroscopy), electrochemical and corrosion measurement methods, and electromagnetic methods. Students will also be introduced to more advanced subjects such as nonlinear acoustics, nonlinear ultrasonic, and electrical impedance tomography.


Undergraduate courses in Construction Materials, Solid Mechanics, and Programming

Course Objectives

  • Introduce students to a wide range of nondestructive test methods commonly used in practice
  • Explain the principles of operation of the common nondestructive test methods
  • Explain the limitations and pitfalls of the nondestructive test methods
  • Introduce methods of data analysis

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Explain the principles of operation of different nondestructive test methods
  • Explain advantages and limitations of different nondestructive test methods
  • Describe different factors that may influence the measurements
  • Interpret the measurement data from different test methods

Course Requirements

This course is delivered as lectures. Homework and reading assignments will be assigned every two to three lectures. This course will include a midterm and a final exam.


Homework Assignments 25%
Mid-term Exam 35%
Final Exam 40%


None. Lecture notes will be provided.

Computer and Software Requirements

Students need access to MATLAB


Please review minimum computer specifications recommended by NC State University and Engineering Online.

Created 4/13/2020