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Mid-America Transportation Center

Functional Composite-Based Wireless Sensing Platform for Bridge Structures


Missouri University of Science & Technology

Principal Investigator
Chenglin Wu
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Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided
USDOT: $57,428
MS&T: $57,428
Total Project Cost
$ 114,856
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Potential Benefits
The proposed research will significant benefit the safety of the aging infrastructure. The highly accurate detecting units can provide live information about the safety state of the bridge structures that can have impact on millions of lives passing through. The wireless transmitting system will allow the engineers to monitor the structure through portable electronic devices such as smartphones or tablet, which can also facilitate the management of numerous structures simultaneously. Due to the limited size, the developed system requires low power, low cost, and can be easily installed to structures with complex surface geometries. This will significantly reduce the associated cost for installation and maintenance in long-term.
Brief Description of Research Project
This project aims to develop a functional composite material based wireless sensing platform. The developed platform is able to detect and monitor both chemical and physical conditions of the structures such as corrosion and cracking. These detection and monitoring data will be transmitted through a compact wireless unit to engineers, who will make corresponding management decisions.
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