Lifetime prediction and management of fatigue loaded welded steel structures based on structural health monitoring.
Com&Sens robust FBG optical fiber STRIP sensors have been installed on several girders of the bridge to monitor the actual deformations under train loading.
The goal of this project is to develop new and robust structural health monitoring procedures and numerical tools based on load and condition monitoring that enable the more accurate lifetime prediction of fleets of quasi identical welded steel structures, such as railway bridges, crane-way girders and jacket offshore platforms. The lifetime assessment is essential towards decision support for quantification of lifetime extension and optimization of predictive maintenance by the industrial partners. This will, in the end, lead to a substantial reduction of operation and maintenance costs for players in different sectors.
Objectives of the SafeLife project are:
- Gain improved knowledge on the behavior of the industrial assets through advanced load and condition monitoring.
- Reduce maintenance costs & increase production yield.
- Lifetime extension of the assets.
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