Concrete X-Ray: What Is It And Where Is It Used?



By definition, concrete x-ray is a process that uses x-rays in order to come up with an image of the interior of a concrete without actually breaking it, the purpose of which is to identify and figure out what’s inside it, including embedded objects such as conduit, rebar, and post tension cables.


For the most part, the source of the x-ray is either cobalt-60 or iridium-192, while there also are some instances in which they are generated through an x-ray tube. There also is a need for a detector, which in this case is either film or digital detector panel.


While there can be multiple uses for concrete x-ray, the objective is literally the same, which is to reveal or learn what the contents of a concrete target is, but without the need to move, remove, or destroy it. The most common targets for this type of process are suspended slabs and concrete walls for the purpose of either renovating or retrofitting them. Majority of the time those slabs or walls form part of a bigger structure.


In reality, Concrete X-Ray Riverside is quite a revolutionary method because in the past, there was no other way to figure out what’s inside the concrete target than to cut through it. When it comes to cutting through rebar, there’s a possibility that the structure will be weakened, although there are so many times that it can be done due to certain structural tolerance. On the other hand, there’s a huge difference if the attempt is to cut through post tension cables since doing so can lead to an almost certain damage to the structural integrity of the building. The fact is it is no longer being utilized or performed in today’s construction setting. Likewise, attempting to cut through conduit isn’t recommended as well because cutting or damaging it could lead to costly repairs or even some kind of safety issue.


Today, Utility Locating is preferred by structural engineers because it is the most effective way of figuring out if there are any hidden objects, more particularly dangers and hazards before any cutting procedure is done for a specific project. Even though some people believe that ground penetrating radar is the more practical and safer approach, the fact remains that concrete x-ray is still the one that produces more accurate and clearer images of the interior contents of a concrete target. Moreover, engineers will always choose it over ground penetrating radar because x-rays are naturally easier to work with when it comes to interpreting results. But there also is no denying that concrete x-ray is a bit pricier compared to ground penetrating radar, though the difference wouldn’t be that much in practical field applications.


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