SoundAnchor is an inspection technique developed at Savannah River National Lab, which has now been licensed to a Metallurgical Engineering Services Incorporated of Texas. The SoundAnchor uses ultrasonic technology to assess the structural integrity and safety of anchor rods that are used to stabilize large guyed towers. This method requires no unearthing of the anchor rods, which eliminates the need for digging permits, excavation, and shoring associated with current inspection methods. Estimates are that the cost of inspection could be reduced by as much as 90 percent, with broad application potential in the commercial radio, television, communication, and cellular communication industries.
Source: DOE Pulse