Validation of Structural Health Monitoring Damage Detection Algorithm

Work completed under a previous contract with the Iowa Highway Research Board involved the structural health monitoring (SHM) of steel bridges. One part of this work was the design and implementation of continuous SHM systems. One system was developed to continuously monitor bridge performance under ambient traffic loads and to detect gradual deterioration and sudden damage--specifically for fracture critical bridges but with likely application to multiple bridge types. The second system was developed specifically with secondary road brides in mind. The goal of this study is to validate the SHM systems' damage (and deterioration) detection ability by implementing and installing sacrificial elements on a 3-span highway bridge carrying US 30 over the Skunk River near Ames, Iowa. The primary objectives include (1) Demonstration and validation of damage detection capability of the previously developed SHM systems. (2) Advancement of the state-of-the-art and improvement in Iowa bridge owners' expertise in design, installation, effectiveness of SHM system. (3) Implementation of the validated SHM systems on other bridges.


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010
  • Performing Organizations:

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Institute for Transportation Studies
    2711 S. Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, IA  United States  50010-8864
  • Principal Investigators:

    Wipf, Terry

    Phares, Brent

  • Start Date: 20080815
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100228
  • Source Data: RiP Project 22971

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462025
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:56PM