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

Project status

In progress

Start date: 06/27/12
End date: 06/15/17


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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


Sponsor(s): USDA Forest Products Laboratory