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The Character of SHM in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Applications

  1. Helmut Wenzel

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470061626.shm156

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

How to Cite

Wenzel, H. 2009. The Character of SHM in Civil Engineering. Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring. .

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  1. VCE Holding GmbH, Vienna, Austria

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

Abstract

Health monitoring for civil engineering structures is a challenge. Our structures are each a protype and have small safety margins when used by the public. Bridges, for example, were the backbone of powerful empires from China to Rome and the Incas in America. Currently, the transportation infrastructure is directly related to the economic success of a nation. All these facts make structural health monitoring (SHM) of civil engineering structures more difficult than any monitoring of a well-defined mechanical structure. The major number of uncertainties in geometry, material properties, and the influence of the environment might have a higher impact on monitoring results than any minor damage. Therefore, only complex approaches under consideration and compensation of the already known phenomena will be successful.

Keywords:

  • structural health monitoring;
  • civil engineering