6 September 2017 Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) application to the structural health assessment of large civil engineering structures
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Proceedings Volume 10444, Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2017); 1044414 (2017) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2277921
Event: Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2017), 2017, Paphos, Cyprus
Abstract
This paper summarizes the experience gained in the structural assessment of an existing Thermal Power Plant (TPP) located near Pristina, focusing on the cooling tower and the flue gas stack, which are the main structures of the TPP. Scope of the work was the evaluation of the actual conditions of the structures and to identify the eventual repair measures in order to guarantee a safe and reliable operation of the TPP in view of the extension of its operational lifetime for the next 30 years. With this aim, a sequence of different activities was performed, like: a topographic survey to compare the actual geometrical configuration with the design one, an investigation of the material properties, an in depth visual inspection in order to detect any visible existing damage. Due to the very high elevations of the constructions and to the lack of appropriate structures aimed to their inspections and maintenance, this activity could not be performed without using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). This resulted the safest, most economical and less time-consuming solution identified to map the surface damage in the reinforced concrete elements of these large structures including zones that could not be inspected because out of reach by other means.
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Carlo A. Castiglioni, Carlo A. Castiglioni, Angelo S. Rabuffetti, Angelo S. Rabuffetti, Gian P. Chiarelli, Gian P. Chiarelli, Giovanni Brambilla, Giovanni Brambilla, Julia Georgi, Julia Georgi, } "Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) application to the structural health assessment of large civil engineering structures", Proc. SPIE 10444, Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2017), 1044414 (6 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2277921; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2277921
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