Sensor Network for Structural Health Monitoring of a Highway Bridge

A bridge monitoring TestBed is developed as a research environment for sensor networks and related decision-support technologies. A continuous monitoring system, capable of handling a large number of sensor data channels and three video signals, is deployed on a four-span, 90-m long, reinforced concrete highway bridge. Of interest is the integration of the image and sensor data acquisition into a single computer, thereby providing accurate time synchronization between the response and corresponding traffic loads. Currently, video and acceleration records corresponding to traffic induced vibration are being recorded. All systems operate online via a high-speed wireless Internet network, allowing real-time data transmission. Elements of the above health monitoring framework are presented herein. Integration of these elements into an automated functional system is emphasized. The recorded data are currently being employed for structural system identification via a model-free technique. Effort is also underway to correlate the moving traffic loads with the recorded accelerations. Finally, the TestBed is available as a resource for verification of new sensor technologies, data acquisition/transmission algorithms, data mining strategies, and for decision-support applications.

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  • Authors:
    • Fraser, Michael
    • Elgamal, Ahmed
    • He, Xianfei
    • Conte, Joel P
  • Publication Date: 2010-1


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Illustrations; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 11-24
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  • Accession Number: 01150913
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 2010 2:49PM