Development of Low-Cost Weigh‑In‑Motion (WIM) and Response Spectra Techniques Phase I of “Development of a Cost-Effective Sensing System for Integrated Traffic and Pavement Response Monitoring in Support of Pavement Management"

The research team proposes to develop a long‑life weigh-in-motion (WIM) system with much lower costs using the piezoelectric sensors developed in a former EAR (Exploratory Advanced Research) project, as explained in the previous section. The team will name this system as P-WIM. The P-WIM will essentially consist of several piezoelectric disks sealed in a protective package made from engineering plastics. A wireless transmission module will be included in the package of the P-WIM to enable wireless data transmission. The P-WIM will be powered by solar panels and supplemented by the energy harvested from pavement deformations and vibrations. If the system is successfully developed, in the planned Phase II, the load response spectrums will be developed for evaluating the pavement responses. This additional capability will be integrated into a comprehensive system to supply asset management systems with unique traffic and pavement response data for better decision-making.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $424744
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)

    Pennsylvania State University
    University Park, PA  United States  16802
  • Project Managers:

    Donnell, Eric

    Rajabipour, Farshad

  • Performing Organizations:

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

    3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, Virginia  United States  24061

    West Virginia University, Morgantown

    Morgantown, WV  United States  26506
  • Principal Investigators:

    Wang, Linbing

    Dai, Fei

  • Start Date: 20190301
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220815
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220815
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01698983
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847103
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 19 2019 2:20PM