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Bridge Damage Detection: Integration of Structural Health Monitoring System Concepts and Components - A Statewide Collaboration

Image: Side view of US 30 demonstration bridge ove

US 30 demonstration bridge over the South Skunk River


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Project status


Start date: 09/01/11
End date: 10/31/13



Tech transfer summary: Integration of Bridge Damage Detection Concepts and Components (639.14 kb pdf) Oct 2013



About the research


The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) started investing in research (through both the Iowa Highway Research Board and the Office of Bridges and Structures) in 2003 to develop a structural health monitoring (SHM) system capable of identifying damage and able to report on the general operational condition of bridges. In some cases, the precipitous for these developments has been a desire to avoid damage that might go unnoticed until the next biennial inspection. Of specific and immediate concern was the state’s inventory of fracture-critical structures.

The goal of this project was to bring together various components of recently-completed research at Iowa’s Regent Universities with the following specific objectives: