Development of a Smart Timber Bridge-Phase V: Development of a Vehicle Characterization

Project Details
STATUS

In-Progress

START DATE

06/27/12

END DATE

06/15/17

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, BEC, CTRE, NCWTS
SPONSORS

USDA Forest Products Laboratory

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Travis Hosteng

Co-Director, NCWTS

Co-Principal Investigator
Brent Phares

Bridge Research Engineer, BEC

Co-Principal Investigator
Simon Laflamme

About the research

The purpose of the project is to develop automated techniques for determining vehicle characteristics as they cross the smart timber bridge. By determining vehicle characteristics–such as vehicle weight, axle weights, axle spacings, travel lane, speed, and so forth–it will be possible to enhance other algorithms for predicting usage and induced damage or deterioration.

Two different vehicle characterization approaches will be investigated:

  • Use of conventional instrumentation
  • Use of non-conventional instrumentation including the sensing skin
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