A Synchronized Wireless Sensor Network for Experimental Modal Analysis in Structural Health Monitoring

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Structural health monitoring aims to provide an accurate diagnosis of the condition of civil infrastructures during their life span using data acquired by sensors. Wireless sensor networks represent a suitable monitoring technology to collect reliable information about the structure's condition, replacing visual inspections, and reducing installation and maintenance time and costs. This paper introduces a time synchronized and configurable wireless sensor network for structural health monitoring enabling a highly accurate identification of the modal properties of the monitored structure. The wireless sensor nodes forming the network are equipped with a 3-axis digital accelerometer and a temperature and humidity sensor.