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Title: Nondestructive assessment of timber bridges using a vibration-based method

Source: Proceedings of the 2005 structures congress, 2005 April 20-24, New York, NY. New York, NY : The Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 2005: [12] pages.

Author(s)Wang, Xiping; Wacker, James P.; Ross, Robert J.; Brashaw, Brian K.

Publication Year: 2005  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles

Abstract: This paper describes an effort to develop a global dynamic testing technique for evaluating the overall stiffness of timber bridge superstructures. A forced vibration method was used to measure the natural frequency of single-span timber bridges in the laboratory and field. An analytical model based on simple beam theory was proposed to represent the relationship between the first bending mode frequency and bridge stiffness (characterized as EI product). The results indicated that the forced vibration method has potential for quickly assessing superstructure stiffness of timber bridges, but improvements must be made in measurement system to correctly identify the first bending mode frequency in bridges in the field. The beam theory model was found to fit the physics of the superstructure of single-span timber bridges and could be used to correlate first bending frequency to globalstiffness if appropriate system parameters are identified.

Keywords: Nondestructive testing, timber bridges, vibration methods, stiffness, bending

File size: 326 kb(s)

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RITS Product ID: 16916
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Ross, Robert J.
Supervisory Research Gen. Engineer
Wacker, James P.
Research General Engineer
Wang, Xiping
Research Forest Products Technologist

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