Application of online NDT techniques to decommissioned bridge testing

H. Sohn, Y. K. An, Minkoo Kim, H. J. Lim

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Our group has been developing a suite of local nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques that can detect particular types of damage without reference data obtained from the pristine condition of a structure. They are coined as referencefree techniques. The main advantage of the reference-free techniques is that they can provide robust diagnosis even when the system being monitored is exposed to ambient variations such as traffic and temperature changes. Since the reference-free techniques do not rely on a direct comparison with previously obtained baseline data, they could be less sensitive to these undesirable variations. The applicability of the reference-free technique to real world structures is examined thorough destructive testing of a decommissioned bridge in Korea. In particular, crack damage in steel members is monitored considering additional structural features such as stiffeners. This decommissioned bridge is being monitored close to one year, and practical implementation issues such as temperature and loading variations and long term reliability of sensing systems are also discussed. To our best knowledge, this is one of a few studies where local NDT techniques are implemented for continuous monitoring of a field bridge structure with induced damage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th European Workshop - Structural Health Monitoring 2010
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event5th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2010 - Naples, Italy
Duration: 28 Jun 20104 Jul 2010


Conference5th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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