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19 May 2005 Probabilistic model for bridge structural evaluation using nondestructive inspection data
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A bridge management system developed for the Mexican toll highway network applies a probabilistic-reliability model to estimate load capacity and structural residual life. Basic inputs for the system are the global inspection data (visual inspections and vibration testing), and the information from the environment conditions (weather, traffic, loads, earthquakes); although, the model takes account for additional non-destructive testing or permanent monitoring data. Main outputs are the periodic maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement program, and the updated inspection program. Both programs are custom-made to available funds and scheduled according to a priority assignation criterion. The probabilistic model, tailored to typical bridges, accounts for the size, age, material and structure type. Special bridges in size or type may be included, while in these cases finite element deterministic models are also possible. Key feature is that structural qualification is given in terms of the probability of failure, calculated considering fundamental degradation mechanisms and from actual direct observations and measurements, such as crack distribution and size, materials properties, bridge dimensions, load deflections, and parameters for corrosion evaluation. Vibration measurements are basically used to infer structural resistance and to monitor long term degradation.
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Francisco Carrion, Jose Alfredo Lopez, and Alexander Balankin "Probabilistic model for bridge structural evaluation using nondestructive inspection data", Proc. SPIE 5767, Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring of Aerospace Materials, Composites, and Civil Infrastructure IV, (19 May 2005);


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