Non-contact structural health monitoring of a cable-stayed bridge: case study

Informa UK Limited
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Journal Article
Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 2019, 15, (8), pp. 1119-1136
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© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. In this article, the condition assessment of a cable-stayed bridge using remote sensing is presented. The displacement influence line (DIL) of the bridge under the live load tests is measured for a discrete number of target points. Three different remote sensing techniques including, laser scanning, terrestrial robotic total station and digital levelling are adopted for this purpose. It is demonstrated that DIL obtained by non-contact system is capable of identifying an emulated damage in an actual operating system. The contribution of the work is fourfold. First, a damage index based on the displacement profile of the bridge under the weigh-in-motion is extracted from the non-contact sensing system. Second, our study compares three different remote sensing techniques, namely, digital levelling, robotic total station and laser scanning and uses the measurements to validate the finite element model. Third, the effectiveness of the proposed method for structural damage identification is validated in a real-world large-scale operating structure. Finally, it is validated that strain-based influence line is highly likely to misidentify damage especially when the location of damage is not in the close proximity of the sensor; however, DIL is a better damage indicator even if damage occurs far from the measurement point.
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