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Structural Monitoring and Maintenance   Volume 2, Number 3, September 2015, pages 199-211
Condition monitoring and rating of bridge components in a rail or road network by using SHM systems within SRP
Mehran Aflatooni, Tommy H.T Chan and David P. Thambiratnam

Abstract     [Full Text]
    The safety and performance of bridges could be monitored and evaluated by Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems. These systems try to identify and locate the damages in a structure and estimate their severities. Current SHM systems are applied to a single bridge, and they have not been used to monitor the structural condition of a network of bridges. This paper propose a new method which will be used in Synthetic Rating Procedures (SRP) developed by the authors of this paper and utilizes SHM systems for monitoring and evaluating the condition of a network of bridges. Synthetic rating procedures are used to assess the condition of a network of bridges and identify their ratings. As an additional part of the SRP, the method proposed in this paper can continuously monitor the behaviour of a network of bridges and therefore it can assist to prevent the sudden collapses of bridges or the disruptions to their serviceability. The method could be an important part of a bridge management system (BMS) for managers and engineers who work on condition assessment of a network of bridges.
Key Words
    synthetic rating procedures, structural health monitoring systems, strain gauges, deflection sensors, bridge management systems, criticality and vulnerability assessment
Mehran Aflatooni, Tommy H.T Chan and David P. Thambiratnam, School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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