Ford Motor Co Non-Destructive Evaluation Pilot Facility

The Ford Livonia Non-Destructive Evaluation Pilot Facility is the first and only one of its kind in the automotive industry, utilizing two Aracor Linear Accelerators to x-ray vehicles to test for and find the root causes of part failures. Roncelli self performed all of the concrete on this 3,600 square foot x-ray room, which comprises of an 8-foot thick reinforced concrete main wall with three other walls, each 3.5 feet thick, 30 feet tall. The structural roof of the project consisted of 24 inch thick reinforced concrete. The concrete placed totaled 1,600 cubic yards, installed in one continuous pour at the rate of 150 cubic yards per hour. Roncelli complied with strict concrete quality controls.  An action plan was utilized for maintaining external concrete temperatures. This included the use of two HVAC systems attached to the concrete formwork to adjust the concrete’s external temperature to maintain critical temperature differentials between the pour’s interior core and the exterior surface.


Project Location:

Livonia Transmission Plant
Livonia, MI


17,600 SF


Automotive X-Ray Facility


Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, MI


Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, Associates, Inc. Chicago, IL