Innovative Technologies for Lifetime Extension of an Aging Inventory of Vulnerable Bridges

Andrew Gastineau, Steven Wojtkiewicz, Arturo E. Schultz
December 2011
Report no. CTS 11-27

Abstract

This report refines a response modification framework, previously developed by the authors, which combines technological developments in the fields of control systems, health monitoring, and bridge engineering to increase bridge safety. To enhance the modification framework, the numerical bridge model is refined and additional modification apparatuses are added to the numerical model to further develop and confirm the advantages of the response modification approach. A parameter study of the modification apparatus characteristics is carried out to optimize member sizes and modification device characteristics. Finally, a frequency response analysis is carried out to investigate the use of a semi-active system within the scope of the response modification framework.

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