Project 1.15: Non-Contact Intelligent Inspection of Infrastructure

Non-Contact Intelligent Inspection of Infrastructure

Project 1.15

Project Summary

The objective of this research is to develop non-contact sensing mechanism for infrastructure monitoring as well as the associated machine-learning based technique for decision making. Currently available sensory systems for structural health monitoring are almost all based on transducers that are directly attached to or embedded in structures monitored. As a result, they face with critical barriers, such as extremely high implementation cost in very large scale structures and relatively high false alarm rate due to malfunction of sensors themselves. The non-contact nature of the proposed sensing modality will cause paradigm shift: it leads to mobile sensory system that can monitor very large scale structures employing only a small number of sensors, and it allows us to increase considerably the confidence level of structural health monitoring. In this research, concurrent breakthroughs in sensor synthesis and data analysis will be pursued. We will (a) develop a new non-contact impedance-based sensing mechanism via two-way magneto-mechanical dynamic interaction that is enhanced by adaptive electrical circuitry integration, which facilitates the tunable high-frequency interrogation to disclose structural anomaly; and (b) formulate accurate and robust decision making strategies that that take full
advantage of the new machine learning techniques. Potential applications are large-scale infrastructure components such as railway tracks.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jiong Tang


University of Connecticut

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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, University Transportation Centers Program, Department of Transportation, University of Connecticut.

Implementation of Research Outcomes:

This project is in its initial research phase. Implementation of research outcomes will be reported upon completion of the research outputs.

Impacts and Benefits of Implementation:

This project is in its research phase. Impacts and benefits of the research will be reported after the implementation phase.

Printable Project Information Sheet

December 2021 Quarterly Progress Report

April 2022 Quarterly Progress Report

June 2022 Quarterly Progress Report

September 2022 Quarterly Progress Report