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Title: Development of a Smart Timber Bridge-A Five-Year Plan

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report, FPL-GTR-195, 2011

Author(s)Phares, Brent M.; Wipf, Terry J.; Deza, Ursula; Wacker, James P.

Publication Year: 2011  View PDF »

Category: General Technical Reports
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4714-3A

Abstract: This paper outlines a 5-year research plan for the development of a structural health monitoring system for timber bridges. A series of studies identify and evaluate various sensing technologies for measurement of structural adequacy and/or deterioration parameters. The overall goal is to develop a turn-key system to analyze, monitor, and report on the performance and condition of timber bridges. The introduction of structural health monitoring technologies for timber bridges should result in improved safety, longer service life, and improved load ratings.

Keywords: Wooden bridges, maintenance, deterioration, inspection, evaluation, bridges, structural timbers, monitoring, sensors, measurement, deterioration, service life, laminated wood, loads, safety testing, safety devices, structural health monitoring, long-term performance, glulam, sensors, evaluation

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 531 kb(s)

Date posted: 05/16/2011

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RITS Product ID: 39451
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Wacker, James P.
Research General Engineer

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