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Master of Science (MS)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Committee Chair(s)

Marvin W. Halling


Marvin W. Halling


Paul J. Barr


Joseph A. Caliendo


As part of the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) program, a flagship research program funded by the Federal Highway Administration in response to the aging bridge network, the Lambert Road Bridge near Elk Grove California was selected as the California Pilot bridge set to undergo non-destructive testing and monitoring. The purpose of the program is to obtain a database of scientific quality data concerning the health and maintenance procedures currently in use across the nation. FHWA program managers along with members of the Utah State University LTBP research team selected the bridge with the assistance of the National Bridge index and site visits. Dynamic modal analysis and long-term health monitoring are two of the test procedures that the test bridge will undergo. Dynamic modal analysis is performed by introducing a known vibration into the system and recording the response. The dynamic properties are extracted in this manner, which allows any changes in the structure to be tracked over time as the dynamic properties change. The long-term health monitoring of the bridge will include an array of sensors designed to capture the real-time structural response of the bridge under normal operating conditions at key locations. An array of 1-Hz Velocity Transducers was used to record the bridge response to the introduced vibrations. The data collected over 4 days of testing was analyzed using the "peak picking method" to locate the resonant frequencies, mode shapes, and damping ratios of the structure. In this thesis the dynamic testing results and the finite element model were compared and correlated both visually and with a modal assurance criterion. The long-term health monitoring is also discussed in this thesis. The types and reason for each sensor are presented and the installation procedure is explained and documented.




This work made publicly available electronically on December 23, 2010.

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