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Monitoring of a concrete arch bridge during construction
Author(s): Daniele Inaudi; A. Ruefenacht; B. von Arx; H. P. Noher; Samuel Vurpillot; Branko Glisic
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Paper Abstract

The Siggenthal Bridge is a concrete arch bridge with an arch span of 117 m, being built over the Limmat River in Baden, Switzerland. This bridge has been instrumented with 58 long- gage SOFO fiber optic deformation sensors, 2 inclinometers and 8 temperature sensors to monitor its deformations, curvatures and displacements during construction and int eh long-term. The sensor have been built installed successfully and the arch was monitored during the removal of the formwork and supports. It was therefore possible to observe the deformations of the arch wen being loaded by its dead load and by the daily temperature fluctuations. The measurements have shown that the temperature changes produce deformations of the same order of magnitude as the dead loads. The out-of-plain displacements obtained by double- integration of the measured curvatures are in good agreement with the direct triangulation measurements. Monitoring was also carried out during the construction of the superstructure, with the associated change of the load distribution in the arch. This paper briefly introduces the functional principle of the long-gage sensors used in this application, illustrates their installation and discusses the measurement results obtained during the bridge construction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 June 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4696, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways, (28 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.472550
Show Author Affiliations
Daniele Inaudi, SMARTEC SA (Switzerland)
A. Ruefenacht, Preisig AG (Switzerland)
B. von Arx, Baudepartement des Kanton Aargau (Switzerland)
H. P. Noher, Geotechnisches Institut AG (Switzerland)
Samuel Vurpillot, SMARTEC SA (Switzerland)
Branko Glisic, SMARTEC SA (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4696:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways
S.-C. Liu; Darryll J. Pines, Editor(s)

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