Title

Structural Health Monitoring of Bridges Using Wireless Sensor Networks

Abstract

Aging and degradation of transportation infrastructure pose significant safety concerns, especially in light of increased use of these structures. The economic downturn further exacerbates such concerns, especially for critical structures such as bridges, where replacement is infeasible and maintenance and repair are expensive. The US Federal Highway Administration has classified over 25% of the bridges in the United States as either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, underscoring the importance of structural health monitoring (SHM) to ensure public safety. We give an overview of emerging wireless sensor networks (WSN) for autonomous SHM systems, their application, the power use and sources needed to support autonomy, and the type of communication that allows remote monitoring.

Department(s)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Wireless Sensor Networks; Monitoring; Base Stations; Wireless Communication; Bridges (Structures); Temperature Sensors; Bridges; Maintenance Engineering; Safety; Structural Engineering; Transportation

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1094-6969

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2010 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

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