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Technical Survey and Literature Review on Bridge Joint Monitoring Practices

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ASEE-NE 2022


Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts

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April 22, 2022

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April 22, 2022

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April 23, 2022

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Daisy Ren University of Connecticut


Pierredens Fils University of Connecticut

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Pierredens Fils is a Ph.D. candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Connecticut (UConn). He also received his B.S. from UConn. Pierredens' research interests include structural health monitoring, wireless sensor networks, and engineering education. Pierredens is an NSF LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellow and a Graduate Assistants in Areas of National Need (GAANN)Fellow.

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Shinae Jang P.E. University of Connecticut Orcid 16x16

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Prof. Shinae Jang is Associate Professor in Residence and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut (UConn). She joined UConn in 2010 after receiving her B.S. and M.S. from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prof. Jang’s research interests include smart structures, structural health monitoring, wireless sensor networks, and engineering education. At UConn, she has taught 9 undergraduate courses and 2 graduate courses, including a new graduate course she developed based on her research in structural health monitoring and sensors. Prof. Jang is the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Engineering Educator award from UConn, and the 2018 Civil Engineering Educator of the Year award from the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers. She has served as the faculty advisor of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) UConn Chapter since 2012.

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Expansion joints are essential components for maintaining the stability of numerous bridge types by accommodating and absorbing the movements of a bridge. Various factors cause bridge movement, including thermal expansion, weather variation, vehicle movement, and strain from different loads. To minimize damage and maintenance costs, joint monitoring is utilized to detect any negative changes or deterioration to the joint. Current methods of joint monitoring are costly and time-consuming, creating a demand for new processes that can alert engineers before the damage becomes extensive. Recently, Europe and Asia have been at the forefront of joint monitoring efforts, such as the inspection of 150 expansion joints on the highways in Portugal. In addition, many studies of temperature and thermal effects on bridge joints have been done on several bridges in China, including the Ting Kau Bridge in Hong Kong, the Zhanjiang Bay Bridge in Zhanjiang City, a suspension bridge over the Yangtze River, and a cable-stayed bridge in Ningbo. However, there are not many applications in the United States. In this paper, the current joint monitoring practices for six Department of Transportations in New England are presented as a technical survey. This survey on bridge joint monitoring provides details about the impacts on the expansion joints caused by certain factors such as structural movement at the joint, traffic loading, joint design, and the materials used. By understanding the effects of the surrounding elements on the bridge joint, a better process for long-term monitoring of expansion joints can be developed, which is beneficial for the safety and stability of the bridge.

Ren, D., & Fils, P., & Jang, S. (2022, April), Technical Survey and Literature Review on Bridge Joint Monitoring Practices Paper presented at ASEE-NE 2022, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts. 10.18260/1-2--42208

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