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Title: Timber bridge evaluation : a global nondestructive approach using impact generated FRFs

Author: Morison, Angus; Van Karsen, C.D.; Evensen, H.A.; Ligon, J.B.; Erickson, J.R.; Ross, R.J.; Forsman, J.W.;

Date: 2002

Source: Proceedings of the 20th International Modal Analysis Conference. Bethel, Conn. : Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2002: Pages 1567-1573

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Bridges require periodic inspections to ensure the safety of those using the structure. A visual inspection has historically been the most common form of investigation for timber bridges. This poses many problems when inspecting bridge timbers since often the damage is internal, leaving no visible signs of decay on the surface. Localized nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques have been developed to allow assessment of the internal parts of timber structural members. Testing an entire structure in this manner can be tedious and time consuming. Steel structures have long been tested from a global perspective, basing the assessment of health of the structure on modal parameters. This paper presents an effort to extend global testing methods, specifically impact testing, to timber bridges.

Keywords: Timber bridges, nondestructive testing, impact generated FRFs, frequency response functions

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Morison, Angus; Van Karsen, C.D.; Evensen, H.A.; Ligon, J.B.; Erickson, J.R.; Ross, R.J.; Forsman, J.W. 2002. Timber bridge evaluation : a global nondestructive approach using impact generated FRFs. Proceedings of the 20th International Modal Analysis Conference. Bethel, Conn. : Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2002: Pages 1567-1573

 


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