Date of Award:

2012

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor/Chair:

Marvin W. Halling

Abstract

The majority of the bridges in the United States are already reaching the years that the design process took into account when determining the time the structure would be functional. This means that many of the bridges in the nation are in need of increasing maintenance, and in some cases, major retrofitting. Researchers at Utah State University in conjunction with the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program, under the direction of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Office of Infrastructure Research and Development, directed dynamic testing on the New Jersey Pilot Bridge, structure number 1618-150. The purpose of the LTBP Program is to monitor the nation’s highway bridges for a 20-year period to analyze and understand the behavior over time of the selected bridges and then promote the safety, mobility, longevity, and reliability on those bridges. In order to perform the monitoring of the bridge, ambient vibration analysis was selected for this structure, which was instrumented with an array of velocity transducers to record the response coming from the excitation. A finite element model was also created to compare the results from the ambient vibration testing. The results of this testing will be used with the LTBP Program to improve the knowledge of the bridge performance and foster the next generation of bridges and bridge management in the nation.

Comments

This work made publicly available electronically on May 11, 2012.