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Title: Development of a smart timber bridge girder with fiber optic sensors

Source: In: Proceedings of the international conference on timber bridges. 2010 September 13-1 5. Lillehammer, Norway. Statens Vegvesen--The Norwegian public roads administration. 2010

Author(s)Wacker, Jim; Deza, Ursula; Phares, Brent; Wipf, Terry

Publication Year: 2010  View PDF »

Category: Conference Proceedings
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4714-3A

Abstract: Past timber bridge evaluation and maintenance efforts in the USA have principally focused on the internal integrity of timber components using various non-destructive evaluation tools to supplement visual inspection data. This project is part of a comprehensive effort to develop smart structure concepts for improving the long-term performance, maintenance, and management of timber bridges. This comprehensive effort focuses on developing an integrated turnkey system to analyze, monitor, and report on the performance and condition of the most commonly constructed timber bridge type in the USA, the longitudinal glued-laminated girder with transverse gluedlaminated bridge deck. This paper describes an initial project to develop techniques for integrating fiber optic sensors (FOS) within timber bridge glued-laminated beam components.

Keywords: Bridges, inspection, wood deterioration, service life, design, construction, testing, composite materials, loads, laminated wood, nondestructive testing, optical fiber detectors, temperature, elasticity, timber bridges, performance testing, laminated bridges, stress-laminated bridges, glulam timbers, wooden bridges, durability, maintenance, repair, structural timbers, bending strength, flexibility, stiffness, smart timber bridge, fiber optic sensor, FBG packaging, glued-laminated girder, health monitoring techniques

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 595 kb(s)

Date posted: 05/16/2011

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RITS Product ID: 36155
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Wacker, James P.
Research General Engineer

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