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February 23, 2020

East Coast

NDE users seminar offered at Olson's Rockville MD office

March 10-12 2020

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NDT System Add-On — Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity

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Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity

click here for method graphic [+] predict strength of early age concrete
Base Model:
UPV-1 [Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity]

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Scroll down to see a list of Key Features and Models available for the NDT- Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity System.

Save money! Contact Olson Instruments when adding on to an existing system, or purchasing multiple systems as some of the components are common to other test methods.

Contact Olson Instruments for complete details about the Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity systems available as an add-on test with the Freedom Data PC or NDE 360 platforms.

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Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity (UPV) investigations are performed to assess the condition of structural members if access to both sides are available.

Sonic Pulse Velocity (SPV) is performed on mass concrete over 10 ft (3 m) thick

The Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity (UPV) systems are designed to identify and map voids, honeycomb, cracks, delaminations, and other damage in concrete, wood, masonry, stone, ceramics, and metal materials. UPV tests are also performed to predict strength of early age concrete. The UPV methodology relies on direct arrival of compressional waves.

The test is performed by positioning the source and receiver on either side of the area in question, then the source sends a compressional wave through the region, and the receiver records the full waveform on the other side. The position of the two transducers can be varied such that direct, semi-direct, and indirect tests can be performed, which aids in mapping out the volume of the defect — click here for more details [+]. Further tests can be performed if the user wishes to generate a 3-D rendering of the volume in question. This is done by testing many different “paths” through the medium and then using a tomographic inversion program (sold as an optional Add-on feature for the UPV-1 Model) to generate a model.

Freedom Data PC or NDE 360 Required,
Sold Separately
Freedom Data PC
NDE 360


Hands-on training classes are available for all of our Nondestructive Testing Methods at our Wheat Ridge, Colorado (USA) location, which is a suburb located appromately 15 minutes northwest of downtown Denver. Training may be available at your location by one of our agents upon special arrangement.


Applicable On:

  • Beams
  • Bridge Decks
  • Elevated Slabs
  • Shaft Tops
  • Walls

Test For:

  • Cracks
  • Delaminations
  • Honeycomb
  • Velocity vs Strength Correlation with Cores
  • Voids

Meets ASTM:

  • ASTM C597-02
  • E494-95
  • BSI 98/105795

Meets ACI:

  • 228.2R


All of Olson Instruments have been researched, tested, and used on-site daily by our sister company, Olson Engineering, world reknowned for NDT consulting. The OE Website is loaded with Tech Brief and project photos using the equipment shown on this website. Purchase our products to “do-it-yourself”, or hire an Olson Engineering Nondestructive Testing professional for your next project