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This paper aims at detecting and characterizing inclusions in concrete structures by inverting ground-penetrating radar (GPR) data. First, the signal is preprocessed using the principal component analysis (PCA) and then used to train an artificial neural network (ANN). The GPR data consists of 1200 time steps. Using PCA, the data can be compressed to 286 dimensions without losing any information. Moreover, with 99.99% of the original variance the data needs only 139 dimensions. This dimensional reduction makes the ANN training easier and faster. The ANN were trained to find the buried inclusions characteristics-and-considering a nonhomogenous host medium by inverting the preprocessed data. The results show that the expected maximum error was kept under 1%, which is a remarkable result, since the host medium is nonhomogenous.
Date of Publication: June 2008