Print Email Facebook Twitter Structural health monitoring for fatigue life prediction of orthotropic bridge decks Title Structural health monitoring for fatigue life prediction of orthotropic bridge decks Author Pijpers, R.J.M. Pahlavan, P. Paulissen, J.H. Hakkesteegt, H.C. Jansen, T.H. Publication year 2013 Abstract Infrastructure asset owners are more and more confronted with structures reaching the end of their structural life. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems should provide up-to-date information about the actual condition, as well predict the structural life and required maintenance of the assets for more cost effective and reliable operation in future. Fatigue is regarded as a governing degradation mechanism in bridge decks. This paper presents the results of fatigue tests carried out on a representative test structure in the lab environment. The work is part of an ongoing research project to demonstrate the benefits of adaptive and scalable network technologies for SHM of orthotropic bridge decks. Fatigue cracks initiated and propagated in the root of the welded connections at the intersection of deck plate and open stiffeners at the crossbeam. The modeled crack growth adequately matched the measured crack growth. Acoustic emission (AE) sensors could identify crack activity at hot spot locations in an early stage of crack growth. This is of main importance for monitoring fatigue cracks at hot spot locations at which strain gauges cannot be effectively applied, such as at the weld root of deck plate cracks. Subject Acoustic emissionFatigueStructural health monitoringArchitecture and BuildingHealthBuildings and InfrastructureBuilt EnvironmentBuilding Engineering & Civil Engineering Fluid Mechanics Chemistry & Energetics Physics & ElectronicsSR - Structural Reliability PID - Process & Instrumentation Development SD - Structural Dynamics DSS - Distributed Sensor SystemsTS - Technical Sciences To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:d3971d77-bc40-4588-a24e-b7f8bb23826d TNO identifier 485506 Source 3rd Orthotropic Bridge Conference Proceedings, 26-28 June 2013, Sacramento, CA, USA, 432-445 Document type conference paper Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.