Wireless Monitoring Techniques for Structural Health Monitoring
Source: University of Michigan
Recently, a variety of wireless structural health monitoring systems has been demonstrated as viable substitutes for traditional high-cost tethered monitoring systems. In this study, a prototype wireless sensing system is deployed on the Voigt Bridge (La Jolla, CA) and a historical theatre (Detroit, MI) to validate its performance against cabled monitoring systems. Acceleration time history records collected from wireless sensors during ambient and forced vibrations suggest excellent correlation with those obtained from tethered systems. Furthermore, the embedded data processing capabilities of wireless sensors are highlighted; operational deflection shapes of the bridge deck and theatre balcony are identified autonomously by the wireless sensor network using embedded algorithms.