Performance assessment model of non-destructive technologies in inspecting concrete bridge decks

Sherif Abdelkhalek, Tarek Zayed

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Non-destructive testing (NDT) methods are typically utilized to thoroughly inspect existing defects in the concrete bridge deck and tackle the limitations of common inspection practices (e.g. visual inspection). Nevertheless, the reliability of inspection outcomes crucially depends on choosing the most appropriate NDT technologies. In this regard, a comprehensive Performance Assessment Model (PAM) was developed. The developed model incorporated 40 parameters to precisely assess the performance of different NDT technologies from diverse perspectives (e.g. defect detection capability, ease of use, speed, and cost). The required data were collected through a survey questionnaire. The model utilized the Analytic Network Process (ANP) technique to calculate the importance weight of each parameter, whereas the Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) was exploited to compute the performance index (PI) of NDT technologies. The outcomes of this study clearly illustrate the disparity in the performance of different NDT technologies. Furthermore, it was shown that none of these technologies could either exhibit the best performance in all the proposed parameters or efficiently identify all types of defects. Based on the PAM results, a selection model was proposed to assist bridge authorities and consultants in choosing the most efficient NDT technologies for inspection purposes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalStructure and Infrastructure Engineering
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Analytic network process
  • concrete bridge deck
  • inspection
  • non-destructive technologies
  • performance assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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