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Smart-Structure Technology Application for Health Monitoring of Transportation Infrastructure

Dr. Hui-Ru Shih, Professor, Department of Technology College of Science, Engineering &

The recent development of smart-structure technology and its implementation in the design and construction of civil and transportation infrastructures has been essential to the operating efficiency, performance enhancement, and reliability of structures, especially for those located in regions prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Furthermore, as much of the existing transportation infrastructure in the United States, such as bridges, continues to deteriorate, it is becoming increasingly important to monitor and improve their performance by using smart-structure technology to avoid catastrophic failure and ensure human safety.

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is an emerging technology devoted to monitoring and assessing of structural health. SHM emerged from the wide field of smart structures and laterally encompasses disciplines such as structural dynamics, materials and structures, non-destructive testing, sensors and actuators, data acquisition, signal processing and possibly much more. To stimulate students’ desire for prepare them for their future careers. Engineering and technology educators need to dedicate their efforts to educate the students with this emerging technology.

Final Report for Smart Structure Technology Application for Health Monitoring of Transportation Infrastructure

Figure 1 Experimental setup for smart structure