GPS, Accelerometer, and Smartphone Fused Smart Sensor for SHM on Real-Scale Bridges

During the last two decades, Global Positioning System (GPS) geodetic-grade receivers and accelerometers have been implemented in Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). Most recently, the use of sensors integrated in smartphones has been evolving. Although some of their capabilities are validated for small and local structures, there is a gap in knowledge about the use of sensors embedded in smartphones and other electronic devices for SHM of complex structures as bridges. To contribute in this area, this paper demonstrates the application of GPS receivers, accelerometers, and smartphones, integrating a smart sensor for the SHM of bridges. In order to validate its capabilities, the alternative smart sensor is used to study a particular bridge with vibration problems. Semistatic and dynamic displacements are obtained by means of GPS measurements. Accelerations in three directions of the bridge are determined using the accelerometer and the smartphone. Based on the results of the alternative smart sensor, inappropriate structural behavior is detected in the vertical direction of the bridge. In addition, dynamic characteristics are extracted using the smart sensor applying the Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT) and periodogram to the structural responses. As a result, it is verified the applicability of the fused smart sensor for SHM on real-scale bridges.

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    • Guzman-Acevedo, G Michel
    • Vazquez-Becerra, G Esteban
    • Millan-Almaraz, Jesus R
    • Rodriguez-Lozoya, Hector E
    • Reyes-Salazar, Alfredo
    • Gaxiola-Camacho, J Ramon
    • Martinez-Felix, Carlos A
  • Publication Date: 2019


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  • Accession Number: 01715569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2019 3:19PM