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7 April 2009 Wireless sensing system for bridge condition assessment and health monitoring
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Discussed in this paper is the deployment of a universal and low-cost dense wireless sensor system for structural monitoring, load rating and condition assessment of bridges. The wireless sensor system developed is designed specifically for diagnostic bridge monitoring, providing independent conditioning for both accelerometers and strain transducers in addition to high-rate wireless data transmission. The system was field deployed on a three span simply supported bridge superstructure, where strain and acceleration measurements were obtained simultaneously and in realtime at critical locations under several loading conditions, providing reliable quantitative information as to the actual performance level of the bridge. Monitoring was also conducted as the bridge was subjected to various controlled damage scenarios on the final day of testing. Select cases of detected damage using strain and modal based analysis are presented.
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Michael V. Gangone, Matthew J. Whelan, and Kerop D. Janoyan "Wireless sensing system for bridge condition assessment and health monitoring", Proc. SPIE 7293, Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems 2009, 72930M (7 April 2009);

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