The use of traditional stress wave methods, such as ultrasonic through transmission, to identify the presence of anomalies in structures requires access to both faces of a member. Furthermore, it is not possible to determine the depth to anomalies. These drawbacks are eliminated by using the impact-echo method, which requires access to only one surface. The impact-echo method is based on monitoring the periodic arrival of reflected stress waves and is able to obtain information on the depth of the internal reflecting interface or the thickness of a solid member.
The DOCter is a versatile, portable system based on the impact-echo method, and can be used for the following applications: