Variability of modal parameters measured on the Alamosa Canyon Bridge

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A significant amount of work has been reported in technical literature regarding the use of changes in modal parameters to identify the location and extent of damage in structures. Curiously absent, and critically important to the practical implementation of this work, is an accurate characterization of the natural variability of these modal parameters caused by effects other than damage. To examine this issue, a two-lane, seven-span, composite slab-on-girder bridge near the town of Truth or Consequences in southern New Mexico was tested several times over a period of nine months. Environmental effects common to this location that could potentially produce ... continued below

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Farrar, C.R.; Doebling, S.W.; Cornwell, P.J. & Straser, E.G. December 31, 1996.

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A significant amount of work has been reported in technical literature regarding the use of changes in modal parameters to identify the location and extent of damage in structures. Curiously absent, and critically important to the practical implementation of this work, is an accurate characterization of the natural variability of these modal parameters caused by effects other than damage. To examine this issue, a two-lane, seven-span, composite slab-on-girder bridge near the town of Truth or Consequences in southern New Mexico was tested several times over a period of nine months. Environmental effects common to this location that could potentially produce changes in the measured modal properties include changes in temperature, high winds, and changes to the supporting soil medium. In addition to environmental effects, variabilities in modal testing procedures and data reduction can also cause changes in the identified dynamic properties of the structure. In this paper the natural variability of the frequencies and mode shapes of the Alamosa Canyon bridge that result from changes in time of day when the test was performed, amount of traffic, and environmental conditions will be discussed. Because this bridge has not been in active use throughout the testing period, it is assumed that any change in the observed modal properties are the result of the factors listed above rather than deterioration of the structure itself.

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  • International modal analysis conference, Orlando, FL (United States), 3-6 Feb 1997

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  • Other: DE97002444
  • Report No.: LA-UR--96-3953
  • Report No.: CONF-970233--7
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 432967
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc675634

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Farrar, C.R.; Doebling, S.W.; Cornwell, P.J. & Straser, E.G. Variability of modal parameters measured on the Alamosa Canyon Bridge, article, December 31, 1996; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc675634/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.