Development of a Structural Health Monitoring System to Evaluate Structural Capacity and Estimate Remaining Service Life for Bridges

The ultimate objective of this project is to integrate a damage detection algorithm capable of evaluating a bridge's structural capacity and estimating remaining service life into a structural health monitoring system. In the past decade, Los Alamos National Laboratories has evaluated six non-destructive damage detection algorithms in terms of their ability to detect and locate damage on bridges (Farrar and Jauregui, 1996). While significant at the time, the state of the art has evolved such that damage cannot only be detected and located, it can also be quantified. Although numerous damage detection algorithms exist to detect a change in the structure, that information by itself is of little value to a state bridge engineer. What is needed is a structural health monitoring (SHM) system capable of evaluating the structural capacity and remaining service life of a bridge. Some specific examples of conditions that may impact structural capacity and remaining service life, and for which a SHM system can be used, include the following: (1) Damage from illegal overweight vehicles; (2) Collision damage (with or without strengthening and repair); (3) General deterioration of various structural elements; (4) Scour damage from flood events; and (5) Damage from extreme events (e.g., seismic, wind).

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Amended twice, ISU proposal 127600 Add 367


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:


    ISU proposal 122361

    Add 367

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010
  • Project Managers:

    Abu-Hawash, Ahmad

  • Performing Organizations:

    Iowa State University, Ames

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

    Burdine, Nick

    Dahlberg, Justin

    Hosteng, Travis

    Phares, Brent

  • Start Date: 20100301
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33064

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01525157
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(219), ISU proposal 122361, Add 367
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 23 2014 1:00AM