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Wireless monitoring of the longitudinal displacement of the Tamar Suspension Bridge deck under changing environmental conditions
Author(s): Nicky de Battista; Robert Westgate; Ki Young Koo; James Brownjohn
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Paper Abstract

In order to be able to monitor the performance and health of a civil structure it is essential to understand how it behaves under different environmental conditions. It is a well documented fact that the structural performance of bridges can be altered considerably when they are subjected to changes in environmental conditions. This paper presents a study investigating the longitudinal movement of the road deck on Tamar Suspension Bridge in Plymouth in the UK over six months. The expansion joint of the bridge deck was instrumented with pull-wire type extensometers. The data were transmitted wirelessly using commercial wireless sensor nodes and collected at a data acquisition laptop computer, which was accessible online for remote monitoring. In addition, position data of various locations on the bridge deck were collected using a Robotic Total Station (RTS). Environmental data, such as the temperature, and structural data, such as cable tension, were acquired from other monitoring systems. Conclusions drawn from a fusion of the bridge deck's longitudinal displacement with other structural and environmental data are discussed in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 April 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7981, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2011, 79811O (13 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.879811
Show Author Affiliations
Nicky de Battista, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Robert Westgate, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Ki Young Koo, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
James Brownjohn, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7981:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2011
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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