Enter the path length and the time of travel into the calculator to determine the concrete pulse velocity.

Concrete Pulse Velocity Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the Concrete Pulse Velocity.

CPV = L / T
  • Where CPV is the concrete pulse velocity (in/s)
  • L is the path length (in)
  • T is the time of travel (s)

To calculate the concrete pulse velocity, divide the path length by the travel time.

What is a Concrete Pulse Velocity?


A concrete pulse velocity is a measure of the speed that ultrasonic waves travel through a piece of concrete. This velocity depends on elastic modulus, density, and integrity.

How to Calculate Concrete Pulse Velocity?

Example Problem:

The following example outlines the steps and information needed to calculate Concrete Pulse Velocity.

First, determine the path length. In this example, the path length is found to be 5 inches.

Next, determine the time of travel. For this problem, the time of travel is found to be .02 seconds.

Finally, calculate the Concrete Pulse Velocity using the formula above:

CPV = L / T

CPV = 5/.02

CPV = 250 in/s