InTrans / Aug 14, 2018

Development of a Smart Timber Bridge – Phase V: Development of a Vehicle Characterization System

The purpose of the broader research plan, of which this project is just one part, is to develop a smart timber bridge that improves the long-term performance, maintenance, and management of timber bridges through the development of smart timber bridge concepts. The objective of this 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, etc., it will be possible to enhance other algorithms for predicting usage and induced damage or deterioration. Two different approaches will be investigated: (1) vehicle characterization through the use of conventional instrumentation and (2) vehicle characterization through the use of non-conventional instrumentation including the sensing skin.