Several nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technologies were studied to determine their efficacy as scanning devices to detect internal moisture and artificial decay pockets. Large bridge-sized test specimens, including sawn timber and glued-laminated timber members, were fabricated with various internal defects. NDE Technologies evaluated in this research were ground penetrating radar (GPR), microwave scanning, ultrasonic pulse velocity, ultrasonic shear wave tomography, and impact echo methods. Each NDE technology was used to evaluate a set of seven test specimens over a 2-day period and then raw data scans were processed into two-dimensional, internal defect maps. Several parameters were, compared including the relative size, orientation, and moisture conditions of the internal defect. GPR was the most promising NDE technology and is currently being more rigorously evaluated within the laboratory. The study results will be useful in the further development of a reliable NDE scanning technique that can be utilized to inspect the primary structural components in historic covered timber bridges.
The present paper deals with the effect of moisture induced stresses (MIS) on the mechanical performance of a glulam beam of Vihantasalmi Bridge in Finland. MIS caused by high moisture gradients in a cross section of the glulam beam are calculated by a hygro-thermal multi-Fickian model for evaluation of moisture content, relative humidity and temperature in wood that is sequentially coupled with an orthotropic-viscoelasticmechanosorptive model for calculation of wood stresses. Both models, already developed in Abaqus FEM code by some of the authors in their previous works, had to be modified for the Nordic climate. The obtained levels of MIS are then compared to the Eurocode 5 design resistances. The study aims at providing suggestions to future developments of Eurocode 5 for the correct evaluation of the influence of moisture content on service life in timber bridge elements.
The performance of timber-concrete composite bridge constructions crucially depends on the design of the joint between concrete deck and timber main girders. In research studies at the Bauhaus-University Weimar, innovative joining techniques based on grouting with highly-filled, tolerance-compensating polymer glue mortars have been developed to improve the shear capacity of this joint significantly. By applying a thin layer of polymer mortar on the top of the wooden main girder a continuous, slip-free connection to the timber can be realized. This layer can be utilized for the embedding of steel plates with welded-on shear studs (stud connectors), so that the joint to the concrete side is ensured by a standardised connection. The steel plates are rigidly anchored in the polymer mortar by adhesive bond and form closure. As an alternative, a slip-free grout-glued connection between concrete and timber can be realized by the glue mortar itself, so that also a continuous connection to the concrete is accessible, whereby manufacturing tolerances can easily be compensated due to the high degree of mineral filling of the polymer mortar. The paper focuses on experimental results of shear and bending tests for the new composite joint configurations.
International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium
In this report, wooden members of sizes typically used in bridge construction are examined using x-ray computerized tomography (CT) to determine the presence of internal decay. This report is part of an overall study in which Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) glue-laminated (glulam) beams and solid sawn timbers were inoculated with brown rot fungus, Fomitopsis pinicola, and exposed to aboveground conditions approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of Gulfport, Mississippi, USA. The goal of the overall study is to develop interior decay within the test specimens and then identify and characterize the decay using a variety of nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques. One NDT technique used is x-ray CT. The pixel brightness (PB) of CT scan images is proportional to the specific gravity (SG) at that location; high SG materials appear brighter whereas low SG materials appear darker. The consumption of wood by fungus decreases the wood SG; however, fungal progression takes place in areas where sufficient moisture is present. The presence of moisture increases wood SG as detected by the CT scan, which masks the effect of the fungal decay, which is a common co-occurrence with many NDT techniques. To identify incipient decay, it is necessary to examine the ring structure both within and outside of the area of moisture. Quantifying the extent of the decay requires correlating the PB to known SG values for both dry wood and wood of varying moisture content. In this report, the relationship between wood SG, moisture content, and PB was quantified.
This research aims to develop a new bridge inspection approach using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) coupled with digital image correlation (DIC) system. The DIC system incorporating UAV images can measure displacements or strains by analyzing patterns of reference and deformed images. As part of this research, a commercially available UAV, DJI Matrice 210, was integrated with the DIC system using a 3D printed mounting plate, and the joint UAV-DIC system was utilized to inspect a timber bridge girder in the Structure Lab. Then, the UAV-DIC system inspected an existing timber slab bridge in Pipestone, Minnesota, but the system was not able to efficiently identify critical damage due to its instability caused by windy conditions. Therefore, only the UAV equipped with a gimbal camera was operated to perform the bridge inspection. A significant number of images from the UAV were used and analyzed through a conventional image analysis algorithm within ImageJ software for damage quantification. The major conclusion from this research was that the UAV-DIC system was only able to detect and quantify damage (i.e., crack) on the considered girder under almost zero ambient wind conditions, and the UAV integrated with the image analysis algorithm was capable of damage identification and quantification for the inspected bridge.
This paper presents the research results of a timber-concrete composite portable bridge according to the tests of full-scale structure. Portable timber-concrete bridges can be used for permanent or temporary locations in rural areas such as forests, agricultural fields, mineral extraction pits, military objects and others. All structural elements of...