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Global nondestructive detection of mass and structural damage to conventional and floating bridges
Author(s): Mishael N. Maduakolam; Norris Stubbs
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Paper Abstract

The merits and limitations of vibrationally based non-destructive (NDD) methods such as frequency response only, displacement time history, system identification, acoustic emission, and work at Texas A&M University which includes the damage sensitivity or damage index method are reviewed with respect to their applicability in detecting damage to a floating structure and the findings stated. One of these methods, namely the damage sensitivity method, is reported to be suitable for detecting structural damage, with a slight adjustment, for floating platforms. Due in part to the fact that floating structures depend on the surrounding aqueous environment for their vertical support, the detection of flooding, conceivable as mass damage, is stated to be remaining outside the scope of the existing methods. A sensitivity based mass damage index is formulated for the latter case. The performance feasibility of the stiffness and mass damage indicators when applied to a floating structure, as exemplified by a bridge, is demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1995
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2446, Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways, (20 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207719
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Mishael N. Maduakolam, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Norris Stubbs, Texas A&M Univ. (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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