Monitoring dynamic stiffness that predicts concrete structure degradation

Neda Mostafa, Richard Loendersloot, Tiedo Tinga, A.D. Reitsema, D.A. Hordijk

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This paper presents a series of laboratory experiments on a scaled reinforced concrete bridge deck as well as results of a pilot project on an existing bridge. The ultimate goal is to develop a structural health monitoring system based on evaluation of the dynamic bending stiffness which would be derived from easy to use measurement devices. The experiments are aimed at measuring the deflection for static load, and the dynamic response due to a moving mass, representing a traffic load. The two types of applied sensors are accelerometers and linear variable differential transducer (LVDT). Lab results include dynamic response from uncracked, partial cracked and fully cracked conditions, which influenced the dynamic stiffness. Changes of stiffness therefor is to be believed to be a parameter for crack conditions. The concept has been applied to an existing bridge to prove its value.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife-Cycle of Engineering Systems
Subtitle of host publicationEmphasis on Sustainable Civil Infrastructure
EditorsJ. Bakker, D.M. Frangopol, K. van Breugel
Place of PublicationDelft
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781138028470
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2016
Event5th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Engineering 2016: Life-Cycle of Engineering Systems: Emphasis on Sustainable Civil Infrastructure - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Oct 201619 Oct 2016
Conference number: 5

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Conference5th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Engineering 2016
Abbreviated titleIALCCE 2016
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