Scour evaluation of bridge foundations using vibration measurement

Y. Y. Ko, W. F. Lee, W. K. Chang, H. T. Mei, C. H. Chen

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The exposure of bridge foundations due to scouring has been recognized as the most critical cause for highway bridge failures in Taiwan, yet difficulties have been found to identify its risk level. In an effort to develop an efficient measure for the detection and estimation of the scour of bridge foundations, a series of field vibration measurements were conducted on selected highway bridges of which the foundations had been suffered different levels of scouring. In this paper, theoretical background of utilizing vibration measurement to estimate the exposure of bridge foundation is introduced. The setup of vibration measurement on bridges and schemes of data processing are described. Results of the mentioned field tests on bridges are presented, and the feasibility of using vibration measurement to evaluate the scour of bridge foundations is thus verified. The findings of this study are helpful in developing the inspection and monitoring technology for bridge scouring.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScour and Erosion
Number of pages10
Edition210 GSP
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event5th International Conference on Scour and Erosion - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 2010 Nov 72010 Nov 10

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number210 GSP
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


Other5th International Conference on Scour and Erosion
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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    Ko, Y. Y., Lee, W. F., Chang, W. K., Mei, H. T., & Chen, C. H. (2010). Scour evaluation of bridge foundations using vibration measurement. In Scour and Erosion (210 GSP ed., pp. 884-893). (Geotechnical Special Publication; No. 210 GSP).