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Structural health monitoring : vibration-based damage detection and condition assessment of bridges

By Liang Wang, Tommy H.T. Chan, David Thambiratnam and Andy Tan

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Structural health is a vital aspect of infrastructure sustainability. As a part of a vital infrastructure and transportation network, bridge structures must function safely at all times. However, due to heavier and faster moving vehicular loads and function adjustment, such as Busway accommodation, many bridges are now operating at an overload beyond their design capacity. Additionally, the huge renovation and replacement costs are a difficult burden for infrastructure owners. The structural health monitoring (SHM) systems proposed recently are incorporated with vibration-based damage detection techniques, statistical methods and signal processing techniques and have been regarded as efficient and economical ways to assess bridge condition and foresee probable costly failures. In this chapter, the recent developments in damage detection and condition assessment techniques based on vibration-based damage detection and statistical methods are reviewed. The vibration-based damage detection methods based on changes in natural frequencies, curvature or strain modes, modal strain energy, dynamic flexibility, artificial neural networks, before and after damage, and other signal processing methods such as Wavelet techniques, empirical mode decomposition and Hilbert spectrum methods are discussed in this chapter

Topics: 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management, 090506 Structural Engineering, Structural Health Monitoring, Vibration-Based Damage Detection, Dynamic Analysis, Condition Assessment, Bridge Structures
Publisher: IGI Global
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:35772
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