101-0129-00L  Non Destructive Evaluation & Rehabilitation of Existing Structures

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersE. Chatzi, B. Herraiz Gómez, G. Kocur
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


101-0129-00 GNon Destructive Evaluation & Rehabilitation of Existing Structures2 hrs
Mon09:45-11:30HIL F 10.3 »
E. Chatzi, B. Herraiz Gómez, G. Kocur

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AbstractIntroduction to non destructive evaluation tools and quantitative structural analyses and verifications for condition assessment of existing structures and subsequent decisions on their rehabilitation.
ObjectiveThe goal is for students to familiarize themselves with the handling of assessment and rehabilitation of existing structures from the perspective of a consulting engineer, following a systematic approach as described in current codes and to further learn how to use new non destructive evaluation technologies.
ContentThis course is organized in two main pillars. The first pillar describes the technologies that are available for non destructive evaluation of structures and delves into description of the principle of operation of such methods (e.g. wave propagation, acoustic emission analysis, tomography). The second pillar, overviews the current implementation of condition assessment processes in codes and standards. Complementary to the topic of structural evaluation, the topic of interventions, rehabilitation and retrofitting of existing structures for different construction materials is next addressed.
Lecture notesLecture notes
LiteratureJ. D. Achenbach, Wave propagation in elastic solids, North-Holland Publishing Company, 425p, 1973
J. L. Rose, Ultrasonic Guided Waves in Solid Media, Cambridge University Press, 506p, 2014
N. Ida and N. Meyendorf, Handbook of Advanced Nondestructive Evaluation, Springer, 1617p, 2019
Swiss Standards SIA 269, 269/1 to 269/7
SIA-Document D 0239 « Existing Structures – Introduction » (in German/French)
SIA-Document D 0239 « Existing Structures – Consolidation and Practice » (in German/French)
A. Costa, A. Arêde, H. Varum, Strengthening and Retrofitting of Existing Structures, Springer, 339p, 2018
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Customer Orientationassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityassessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence assessed
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersB. Herraiz Gómez, E. Chatzi, G. Kocur
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Admission requirementCompulsory performance elements:
-Project 1: Evaluation and analysis of advanced technologies for Non-Destructive Methods
-Project 2: Evaluation and description of a rehabilitation construction project
Students should present the project and submit a technical report.
Additional information on mode of examinationPerformance assessment:
The presentation of the projects and the associated technical report (compulsory performance elements) are graded.
The weighting of the overall grade is composed as follows:
-Project 1: 50 % towards the final grade
-Project 2: 50 % towards the final grade

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