Monitoring for durability and structural behavior of medium and long span concrete bridges

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Conference4th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (SHMII-4): 22 July 2009, Zurich, Switzerland
Pages18; # of pages: 8
AbstractThe ageing and deterioration of highway bridges can have very serious consequences in terms of reduced safety, serviceability and functionality. Many bridges built in the 1960?s and 1970?s are considered deficient by today?s standards. The widespread deterioration and some recent failures have highlighted the importance of developing and implementing effective inspection strategies, including structural health monitoring systems, which can identify structural problems before they become critical and endanger public safety. Continuous monitoring is becoming necessary due to ageing of bridges, increased traffic loads, changing environmental conditions, and reduced capacities, especially for medium and long-span bridges given the severe consequences of failure. The implementation of monitoring programs can assist in optimizing the in-depth inspection, maintenance, rehabilitation, and replacement of bridge structures. The continuous and simultaneous measurements at critical discrete points of a bridge system will allow the assessment of its performance with respect to different limit states, including safety and serviceability. Prediction models, updated from such monitoring data, can optimize intervention strategies as to how and when to repair or rehabilitate thus extending service life and reducing life-cycle costs.The objectives of this paper are: (i) to present an approach for the efficient use of structural health monitoring into the durability and structural reliability assessment process; (ii) to highlight the applicability of the approach to short, medium and long-span bridges; and (iii) to demonstrate the effective use of field monitoring data for the calibration and updating of service life prediction models. A case study on a medium-span concrete highway bridge is also presented and used to illustrate the approach.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number51153
NPARC number20374361
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