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NCHRP IDEA 20-30/IDEA 040 [Completed (IDEA)]

Loading Attributes of Truck in Motion Using Bridge Strain Data
[ NCHRP 20-30 (NCHRP-IDEA) ]

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Staff Responsibility: Dr. Inam Jawed

This project developed a neural network-based method of estimating truck attributes (such as axle spacing and axle loads) from strain response of the bridge over which the truck is traveling. The research showed that this could be accomplished fairly accurately using a two-layered artificial neural network (Figure 1). In particular, the EHAM (an extended Hamming network) method provided results as reliable as RGIN (a radial-Gaussian network that uses incremental training algorithm) method for classifying trucks and outperformed RGIN in the speed with which it can develop a working model for the bridge. However, work on improving the classification accuracy (and thus ultimately the accuracy of estimates of truck attributes such as axle loads and spacing) by allowing a SORG (a self-organizing network) method to develop its own classification system for trucks were inconclusive. The project has generated interest from the industry, and an international consortium is exploring the possibility of adopting and implementing this technology. The final report is available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS # PB2000-103400).


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