Overview of Dynamic Based Damage Detection for Timber Bridges

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Conference Proceeding
On-Site Assessment of Concrete, Masonry and Timber Structures - Volume 2, 2008, pp. 1125 - 1135
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Asset management of bridges throughout the world faces increasing challenges as a result of aging infrastructure and inadequate funding. Replacement of an old bridge is neither viable nor sustainable in many circumstances. As a consequence, there is an urgent need to develop and utilise state-of-the-art techniques to assess and evaluate the "health state" of existing bridges and to be able to understand and quantify the effects ofdegradation in regard to public safety. This paper presents an overview of experimental work for a project in developing and implementing several dynamic methods for evaluation of damage in timber bridges. The technique of detecting damage involved the use of modal strain energy commonly referred to in the literature as damage index methods. The project started with simple beams subjected to single and multiple damage and then was extended to a scale timber bridge constructed under laboratory conditions. It was found that after modification on the damage index method, it was well suited to detect single and multiple damage scenarios for a one-dimensional beam. For the laboratory bridge, the damage index method developed for plate-like structures was successful in detecting single and multiple damage with an acceptable degree of accuracy.
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