Modular frame concept cart for inspection of slab-on-girder bridge superstructure

F. Matta, M. Vath, N. Galati, A. Nanni

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Abstract

Accessibility of bridge superstructures is often a major issue for the cost-effective inspection and for the installation of health monitoring systems. Depending on the case studies under consideration, tailored solutions may be required to best suit particular needs. This paper presents a concept cart that has been conceived, designed and built to allow a minimum of two operators to move along the whole length of the steel I-girders of a 263 m five span continuous slab-on-girder bridge. The vehicle has been equipped with a set of built-in devices, used to rapidly pass through the transverse stiffeners and cross frames, also at the bent locations. This solution allowed the successful installation of a 1.1 km fiber optic circuit for strain and temperature monitoring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBridge Management 5
Subtitle of host publicationInspection, Maintenance, Assessment and Repair - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Bridge Management
EditorsG.A.R. Park, P. Disney
Pages187-194
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event5th International Conference on Bridge Management - Guildford, United Kingdom
Duration: Apr 11 2005Apr 13 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Bridge Management

Other

Other5th International Conference on Bridge Management
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGuildford
Period4/11/054/13/05

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Keywords

  • Bridge monitoring
  • Fiber optics
  • Inspection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Matta, F., Vath, M., Galati, N., & Nanni, A. (2005). Modular frame concept cart for inspection of slab-on-girder bridge superstructure. In G. A. R. Park, & P. Disney (Eds.), Bridge Management 5: Inspection, Maintenance, Assessment and Repair - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Bridge Management (pp. 187-194). (Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Bridge Management).