Using Instrumented Vehicles To Detect Damage in Bridges

Jennifer Keenahan, Patrick McGetrick, Eugene OBrien, Arturo González

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    Bridge structures are subject to continuous degradation due to the environment, ageing and excess loading. Monitoring of bridges is a key part of any maintenance strategy as it can give early warning if a bridge is becoming unsafe. This paper will theoretically assess the ability of a vehicle fitted with accelerometers on its axles to detect changes in damping of bridges, which may be the result of damage. Two vehicle models are used in this investigation. The first is a two degree-of-freedom quarter-car and the second is a four degree-of-freedom halfcar. The bridge is modelled as a simply supported beam and the interaction between the vehicle and the bridge is a coupled dynamic interaction algorithm. Both smooth and rough road profiles are used in the simulation and results indicate that changes in bridge damping can be detected by the vehicle models for a range of vehicle velocities and bridge spans.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM15)
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)978-972-8826-26-0
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
    Event15th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM15) - Porto, Portugal
    Duration: 22 Jul 201227 Jul 2012


    Conference15th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM15)


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