SHM-based F-AHP bridge rating system with application to Tsing Ma Bridge

Qi Li, You Lin Xu, Yue Zheng, An xin Guo, Kai yuen Wong, Yong Xia

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This paper aims at developing a structural health monitoring (SHM)-based bridge rating method for bridge inspection of long-span cable-supported bridges. The fuzzy based analytic hierarchy approach is employed, and the hierarchical structure for synthetic rating of each structural component of the bridge is proposed. The criticality and vulnerability analyses are performed largely based on the field measurement data from the SHM system installed in the bridge to offer relatively accurate condition evaluation of the bridge and to reduce uncertainties involved in the existing rating method. The procedures for determining relative weighs and fuzzy synthetic ratings for both criticality and vulnerability are then suggested. The fuzzy synthetic decisions for inspection are made in consideration of the synthetic ratings of all structural components. The SHM-based bridge rating method is finally applied to the Tsing Ma suspension bridge in Hong Kong as a case study. The results show that the proposed method is feasible and it can be used in practice for longspan cable-supported bridges with SHM system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-478
Number of pages14
JournalFrontiers of Architecture and Civil Engineering in China
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


  • bridge rating method
  • criticality and vulnerability rating
  • fuzzy based analytic hierarchy approach
  • structural health monitoring (SHM)
  • Tsing Ma Bridge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture


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