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Structural Health Monitoring of Long-Span Suspension Bridges

1st Edition

By You Lin Xu, Yong Xia

CRC Press

390 pages

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Long span suspension bridges cost billions. In recent decades, structural health monitoring systems have been developed to measure the loading environment and responses of these bridges in order to assess serviceability and safety while tracking the symptoms of operational incidents and potential damage. This helps ensure the bridge functions properly during a long service life and guards against catastrophic failure under extreme events.

Although these systems have achieved some success, this cutting-edge technology involves many complex topics that present challenges to students, researchers, and engineers alike. Systematically introducing the fundamentals and outlining the advanced technologies for achieving effective long-term monitoring, Structural Health Monitoring of Long-Span Suspension Bridges covers:

  • The design of structural health monitoring systems
  • Finite element modelling and system identification
  • Highway loading monitoring and effects
  • Railway loading monitoring and effects
  • Temperature monitoring and thermal behaviour
  • Wind monitoring and effects
  • Seismic monitoring and effects
  • SHMS-based rating method for long span bridge inspection and maintenance
  • Structural damage detection and test-bed establishment

These are applied in a rigorous case study, using more than ten years' worth of data, to the Tsing Ma suspension bridge in Hong Kong to examine their effectiveness in the operational performance of a real bridge. The Tsing Ma bridge is the world's longest suspension bridge to carry both a highway and railway, and is located in one of the world’s most active typhoon regions. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, this is an ideal reference book for students, researchers, and engineering practitioners.

Table of Contents


Long Suspension Bridges

Structural Health Monitoring Systems

SHM-Oriented Modeling of Long Suspension Bridges

Monitoring of Highway Loading Effects

Monitoring of Railway Loading Effects

Monitoring of Temperature Effects

Monitoring of Wind Effects

Monitoring of Seismic Effects

Monitoring of Other Effects

Bridge Rating System


About the Authors

You-Lin Xu is Chair Professor, Head of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, and founding Director of the Research Centre for Urban Hazards Mitigation at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Yong Xia is an Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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