Characterizing the effect of environmental variability on local vibrations: experiences on the Haringvlietbrug

C.N. Kortendijk, Floris Besseling, Chris Jolink, E. Lourens

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Abstract

When employing vibration-based damage detection methods for monitoring the structural health of bridges, it is often possible to increase damage feature sensitivity by focusing on local as opposed to global vibrations. This heightened sensitivity, however, comes at a cost: by moving towards the higher frequency ranges and more local behavior, the effects of environmental variability become increasingly pronounced. In an attempt to characterize and quantify the effect of specifically temperature variations on the local vibrations, an extensive long-term monitoring campaign was performed on the Haringvlietbrug, a steel box-girder bridge in the Netherlands. Temperatures were measured on various components of the bridge, including the top and bottom of the asphalt layers. It was found that complex temperature gradients are formed especially in situations where the radiation from the sun strikes the bridge at oblique angles. More importantly, the temperature variations in the asphalt layers were found to strongly impact the natural vibration properties of the bridge in the targeted high-frequency ranges. The obtained results provide valuable indications as to the environmental parameters to monitor when designing vibration-based structural health monitoring systems for local damage detection in bridges.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event10th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 30 Jun 20212 Jul 2021
https://web.fe.up.pt/~shmii10/

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityPorto
Period30/06/212/07/21
Internet address

Keywords

  • Environmental variability
  • temperature effects
  • influence of asphalt
  • local vibrations
  • steel bridge

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