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Operational Modal Monitoring of Ancient Structures Using Wireless Technology

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Executive Summary

Operational Modal Analysis is currently applied in structural dynamic monitoring studies using conventional wired based sensors and data acquisition platforms. This approach, however, becomes inadequate in cases where the tests are performed in ancient structures with esthetic concerns or in others, where the use of wires greatly impacts the monitoring system cost and creates difficulties in the maintenance and deployment of data acquisition platforms. In these cases, the use of sensor platforms based on wireless and MEMS would clearly benefit these applications. This paper presents a first attempt to apply this wireless technology to the structural monitoring of historical masonry constructions in the context of operational modal analysis.

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