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Instrumentation and intelligence issues in bridge health monitoring
Author(s): A. Emin Aktan; Arthur J. Helmicki; Victor J. Hunt
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Paper Abstract

A comprehensive market survey and laboratory evaluation was conducted for the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to identify the most promising sensors and data-acquisition systems for infrastructure application. A pilot system for highway bridge monitoring was implemented on a typical steel-stringer bridge in Cincinnati for high-speed traffic and long-term environmental monitoring. Static tests were performed with known truck loads to confirm monitoring results and to calibrate finite-element and section analysis models of the bridge. A complete and accurate characterization of the as- is structural condition has been related to the structural capacities and reliability. This multi- disciplinary research improves our understanding of the actual loading environment and the corresponding bridge responses. Instrumented monitoring is expected to complement inspection methods, provide an objective measure of the state-of-health, and alert officials to bridge deterioration or failure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2446, Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways, (20 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207721
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A. Emin Aktan, Univ. of Cincinnati Infrastructure Institute (United States)
Arthur J. Helmicki, Univ. of Cincinnati Infrastructure Institute (United States)
Victor J. Hunt, Univ. of Cincinnati Infrastructure Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2446:
Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways
Larryl K. Matthews, Editor(s)

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