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Techniques for Nondestructive Testing of Concrete Infrastructure at Electric Power Plants

This paper covers some discussion regarding the use of NDT related to concrete integrity evaluation. Impact-echo, impulse response, ultrasonic pulse velocity and ground penetrating radar are covered.

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