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By T. Bourdi, F. Boone, J. E. Rhazi, and G. Ballivy

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The thickness measurement of concrete is one of the most important commercial applications of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) technique. This paper describes a procedure for estimating the thickness of concrete slab for different moisture contents (MCs) in frequency domain, as in Impulse-Response (IR) Method, over the radar frequency band 100 MHz-2 GHz). The method is based on predicting the reflected frequency spectrum through a concrete slab using Jonscher model. The procedure is explained and examples of results are presented.

T. Bourdi, F. Boone, J. E. Rhazi, and G. Ballivy, "Use of Jonscher Model for Estimating the Thickness of a Concrete Slab by Technical GPR," Progress In Electromagnetics Research M, Vol. 28, 89-99, 2013.

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