Computerized Bridge Monitoring System

by John T. DeWolf, Univ of Connecticut, Storrs, United States,
Michael L. Accorsi, Univ of Connecticut, Storrs, United States,
Patrick N. O'Leary, Univ of Connecticut, Storrs, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation

Abstract: Research at the University of Connecticut has generated a full scale vibrational monitoring system for installation on a Connecticut bridge. The monitoring system consists of a field computer along with a total of 16 accelerometers, signal processing equipment and extensive computer software. The field data is used to determine the bridge's vibrational signature. The signature can then be used to assess the bridge's integrity over time. The goal has been to extend the life of bridges and supplement field inspections.

Subject Headings: Vibration | Computer software | Bridge tests | Lifeline systems | Highway bridges | Computer analysis | Colleges and universities

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