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    Author(s): Brent M. Phares; Terry J. Wipf; Ursula Deza; James P. Wacker
    Date: 2011
    Source: General technical report FPL-GTR-195. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2011: 10 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    This paper outlines a 5-year research plan for the development of a structural health monitoring system for timber bridges. A series of studies identify and evaluate various sensing technologies for measurement of structural adequacy and/or deterioration parameters. The overall goal is to develop a turn-key system to analyze, monitor, and report on the performance and condition of timber bridges. The introduction of structural health monitoring technologies for timber bridges should result in improved safety, longer service life, and improved load ratings.

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    Phares, Brent M.; Wipf, Terry J.; Deza, Ursula; Wacker, James P. 2011. Development of a smart timber bridge--a five-year plan. General technical report FPL-GTR-195. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2011: 10 p.

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    Keywords

    Wooden bridges, maintenance, deterioration, inspection, evaluation, bridges, structural timbers, monitoring, sensors, measurement, deterioration, service life, laminated wood, loads, safety testing, safety devices, structural health monitoring, long-term performance, glulam, sensors, evaluation

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