Non-Destructive Technologies for Monitoring and Condition Assessment to Support Safety, Maintenance Programming, and Cost Allocation

Local, state, and federal legislators have expressed concerns about heavy commercial vehicles potentially causing accelerated damage to pavements and highway bridges. The health of large-scale structures such as bridges, embankments, railways, locks, and tunnels is essential for maintaining the continuity of the nation's freight systems. However, by increasing the legal truck weight limits, the nation could benefit from more efficient freight transportation by creating energy savings, fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and much higher driver productivity. The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) partners are interested in the application of various non-destructive technologies for monitoring and condition assessment of freight transportation infrastructure. This initiative will pursue the creation of field-validated modular systems of fiber optic sensors (FOS) for monitoring transportation infrastructure leading to better information for maintenance and prevention of catastrophic failures. This research will evaluate the viability and efficacy of other new technologies, such as LIDAR, for damage assessment of pavements and bridge decks. Partners at University of Wisconsin-Madison have worked with MicronOptics, a leading fiber optics measurement company, and applied the technology for evaluating rail track deformations as part of the ballast fouling process.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $382547.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 Engineering Hall
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Start Date: 20120830
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33042

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01466545
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC19, RI-03
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:19PM