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See detailEvaluation von bauphysikalischen Vormessungen im Rahmen von komplexen Innendämmprojekten
Latz, Sebastian Joachim UL; Thewes, Andreas; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

in Vogel, Albert (Ed.) Bauphysiktage 2019 in Weimar - Bauphysik in Forschung und Praxis (2019, September 25)

The installation of internal insulation systems within the scope of refurbishment changes the hygrothermal behaviour of the existing masonry of a building in the long term. The internal insulation layer ... [more ▼]

The installation of internal insulation systems within the scope of refurbishment changes the hygrothermal behaviour of the existing masonry of a building in the long term. The internal insulation layer reduces the temperature of the masonry during the heating period and considerably reduces the drying potential. If the moisture content is too high due to the absorption of driving rain from the outside and moisture from the interior climate, the masonry may be permanently damaged and mould may form. The proof of function can be achieved by hygrothermal simulations. These simulations require the input of sensitive boundary conditions and different material parameters. In order to obtain precise simulation results, these input values should be validated by building physics measurements. In order to be able to better assess the simulation parameters, various physical measurements for the preparation of a field test for interior insulation systems in a conference room were carried out on behalf of the administration of the bâtiments publics at the University of Luxembourg as part of the research project "Possibilities and limitations of interior insulation in the renovation of public buildings in Luxembourg". [less ▲]

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See detailGraft materials provide greater static strength to medial opening wedge high tibial osteotomy than when no graft is included
Belsey, James; Diffo Kaze, Arnaud UL; Jobson, Simon et al

in Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics (2019), 6(13),

Background The purpose of this study was to compare the stability of medial opening-wedge high tibial osteotomy (MOWHTO) with and without different graft materials. Good clinical and radiological outcomes ... [more ▼]

Background The purpose of this study was to compare the stability of medial opening-wedge high tibial osteotomy (MOWHTO) with and without different graft materials. Good clinical and radiological outcomes have been demonstrated when either using or not using graft materials during MOWHTO. Variations in the biomechanical properties of different graft types, regarding the stability they provide a MOWHTO, have not been previously investigated. Methods A 10 mm biplanar MOWHTO was performed on 15 artificial sawbone tibiae, which were fixed using the Activmotion 2 plate. Five bones had OSferion60 wedges (synthetic group), five had allograft bone wedges (allograft group), and five had no wedges (control group) inserted into the osteotomy gap. Static compression was applied axially to each specimen until failure of the osteotomy. Ultimate load, horizontal and vertical displacements were measured and used to calculate construct stiffness and valgus malrotation of the tibial head. Results The synthetic group failed at 6.3 kN, followed by the allograft group (6 kN), and the control group (4.5 kN). The most valgus malrotation of the tibial head was observed in the allograft group (2.6°). The synthetic group showed the highest stiffness at the medial side of the tibial head (9.54 kN·mm− 1), but the lowest stiffness at the lateral side (1.59 kN·mm-1). The allograft group showed high stiffness on the medial side of the tibial head (7.54 kN·mm− 1) as well as the highest stiffness on the lateral side (2.18 kN·mm− 1). Conclusions The use of graft materials in MOWHTO results in superior material properties compared to the use of no graft. The static strength of MOWHTO is highest when synthetic grafts are inserted into the osteotomy gap. Allograft wedges provide higher mechanical strength to a MOWHTO than when no graft used. In comparison to the synthetic grafts, allograft wedges result in the stiffness of the osteotomy being more similar at the medial and lateral cortices. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of different excitationand data sampling-methods in structural health monitoring
Maas, Stefan UL; Nguyen, Viet Ha UL; Kebig, Tanja UL et al

in Civil Engineering Design (2019), 1

Structural Health Monitoring with analysis of dynamic characteristics intends to detect stiffness changes caused by damage. It can be performed by vibrational tests resulting to modal parameters, that is ... [more ▼]

Structural Health Monitoring with analysis of dynamic characteristics intends to detect stiffness changes caused by damage. It can be performed by vibrational tests resulting to modal parameters, that is, eigenfrequencies, damping, modeshapes, or modal masses. Those parameters are themselves informational and even allow often deducing the stiffness matrix. Based on that, it is possible to identify and to localize changes in the stiffness matrix due to damage, that is, localization and quantification of damage. However, changing test conditions, like ambient temperature or excitation force or existing nonlinearities of concrete, show important influence on damage indicators and hence need compensation prior to damage detection. Considering this background, this article focuses on comparing ambient excitation to forced excitation including appropriate exciters. Furthermore, continuous monitoring is discussed vs discrete testing in distinct time-intervals. The intention of the comparison is to give an overview, that is, helpful for choosing appropriate measurement technique for the sake of correct damage detection subsequently. [less ▲]

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See detailBRIDGE MONITORING WITH HARMONIC EXCITATION AND PRINCIPAL COMPONENT ANALYSIS
Nguyen, Viet Ha UL; Golinval, Jean-Claude; Maas, Stefan UL

in The Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge Engineering (2019)

Principal Component Analysis is used for damage detection in structures excited by harmonic forces. Time responses are directly analysed by Singular Value Decomposition to deduct two dominant Proper ... [more ▼]

Principal Component Analysis is used for damage detection in structures excited by harmonic forces. Time responses are directly analysed by Singular Value Decomposition to deduct two dominant Proper Orthogonal Values corresponding to two Proper Orthogonal Modes. Damage index is defined by the concept of subspace angle that a subspace is built from the two Proper Orthogonal Modes. A subspace angle reflects the coherence between two different structural health states. An example is given through the application on a part of a real prestressed concrete bridge in Luxembourg where different damage states were created by cutting a number of prestressed tendons in four scenarios with increasing levels. Results are better by using excitation frequency close to an eigenfrequency of the structure. The technique is convenient for practical application in operational bridge structures. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomechanical testing of osteotomy plates
Maas, Stefan UL; Diffo Kaze, Arnaud UL

Scientific Conference (2018, November 30)

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See detailModellierung und Validierung von Simulationsansätzen für die aussenliegende Lufttemperierung
Schmidt, Christoph Wilhelm; Scholzen, Frank UL; Maas, Stefan UL et al

in Tagungsband BauSim 2018 (2018, September)

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See detailFinite element analysis of the pelvis including gait muscle forces: an investigation into the effect of rami fractures on load transmission
Ricci, Pierre-Louis UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Kelm, Jens et al

in Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics (2018), 5(33), 1-9

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See detailInfluence of pubic symphysis stiffness on pelvis stress distribution during single leg stance
Ricci, Pierre-Louis UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Gerich, Torsten et al

Poster (2018, July 09)

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See detailWas wissen wir über die Osteitis pubis bei Sporttreibenden?
Kelm, Jens; Ludwig, Oliver; André, Jan et al

in Sportverletzung Sportschaden : Organ der Gesellschaft für Orthopadisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin (2018)

Hintergrund Die Osteitis pubis ist eine häufige Ursache chronischer Leistenbeschwerden. Aufgrund hoher klinischer Unsicherheit sowie dem unterschiedlichen Verlauf der Erkrankung wird die Diagnose nicht ... [more ▼]

Hintergrund Die Osteitis pubis ist eine häufige Ursache chronischer Leistenbeschwerden. Aufgrund hoher klinischer Unsicherheit sowie dem unterschiedlichen Verlauf der Erkrankung wird die Diagnose nicht selten erst spät gestellt. Das Krankheitsbild betrifft insbesondere Sportlerinnen und Sportler, wobei auch Patienten aus den Bereichen Orthopädie, Traumatologie, Neurologie, Urologie, Gynäkologie sowie der Rheumatologie betroffen sein können. Therapeutisch kommen sowohl konservative als auch operative Verfahren zum Einsatz. Material und Methoden Systematische Literaturrecherche, deskriptive Darstellung der Studienlage und Interpretation der Ergebnisse im Sinne der evidenzbasierten Medizin. Ergebnisse Das wissenschaftliche Niveau der Studien über die Osteitis pubis ist, wie die Anzahl der in Studien inkludierten Sporttreibenden, insgesamt niedrig. Aufgrund der Heterogenität der Publikationen ist ihr statistischer Vergleich methodisch schwierig. Klinisch führendes Symptom der Osteitis pubis ist die schmerzhafte Symphysis pubica, wobei ein klassisches pathognomonisches Zeichen fehlt. Die Diagnose basiert nach Ausschluss zahlreicher Differentialdiagnosen (z. B. „Sportlerleiste“, FA-Impingement, Adduktorenläsion) auf der Zusammenschau von Anamnese, klinischer Untersuchung sowie bildgebender Verfahren. Die Osteitis pubis ist eine durch Sportkarenz oftmals selbstlimitierende Erkrankung, die initial konservativ behandelt wird. Bei frustranem Verlauf sind operative Verfahren, in Abhängigkeit der Begleitpathologien, in Betracht zu ziehen. Schlussfolgerung Es existieren bis dato keine Leitlinien hinsichtlich Diagnostik und Therapie der Osteitis pubis, allerdings ein Konsens darüber, dass der operativen Behandlung eine konservative vorangehen muss. Das Evidenzniveau der Studien ist niedrig. Eine metaanalytische Auswertung ist mit den derzeitig vorhandenen Publikationen nicht möglich. Die Anzahl der untersuchten Sporttreibenden ist in Relation zu den sozioökonomischen Folgen der Erkrankung, insbesondere im Profisport, niedrig. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling of a prestressed concrete bridge with 3D finite elements for structural health monitoring using model updating techniques
Schommer, Sebastian UL; Kebig, Tanja UL; Nguyen, Viet Ha UL et al

in ISMA2018 International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering (2018)

This paper presents a linear finite element model for a prestressed concrete beam, which was part of a real bridge. Static and dynamic tests were carried out and compared to the numerical simulation ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a linear finite element model for a prestressed concrete beam, which was part of a real bridge. Static and dynamic tests were carried out and compared to the numerical simulation responses. A solid finite element model was created including the prestressed concrete beam, permanent dead load, two additional live loads and a shaker. A well planned finite element model is very important for later detection and localization of damage. Therefore, a mapped mesh was used to define so-called ‘slices’, which enables describing stiffness changes, e.g. damage. The model validation was performed by comparing simulated results to measured responses in the healthy state of the beam. After validation of the reference model, it is possible to modify the bending stiffness along the longitudinal axis of the beam by modifying Young’s moduli of different slices to adapt for the effect of damage. [less ▲]

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See detailStatic and fatigue strength of a novel anatomically contoured implant compared to five current open-wedge high tibial osteotomy plates
Diffo Kaze, Arnaud UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Belsey, James et al

in Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics (2017), 4(39),

Abstract Background The purpose of the present study was to compare the mechanical static and fatigue strength of the size 2 osteotomy plate “Activmotion” with the following five other common implants for ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background The purpose of the present study was to compare the mechanical static and fatigue strength of the size 2 osteotomy plate “Activmotion” with the following five other common implants for the treatment of medial knee joint osteoarthritis: the TomoFix small stature, the TomoFix standard, the Contour Lock, the iBalance and the second generation PEEKPower. Methods Six fourth-generation tibial bone composites underwent a medial open-wedge high tibial osteotomy (HTO), according to standard techniques, using size 2 Activmotion osteotomy plates. All bone-implant constructs were subjected to static compression load to failure and load-controlled cyclic fatigue failure testing, according to a previously defined testing protocol. The mechanical stability was investigated by considering different criteria and parameters: maximum forces, the maximum number of loading cycles, stiffness, the permanent plastic deformation of the specimens during the cyclic fatigue tests, and the maximum displacement range in the hysteresis loops of the cyclic loading responses. Results In each test, all bone-implant constructs with the size 2 Activmotion plate failed with a fracture of the lateral cortex, like with the other five previously tested implants. For the static compression tests the failure occurred in each tested implant above the physiological loading of slow walking (> 2400 N). The load at failure for the Activmotion group was the highest (8200 N). In terms of maximum load and number of cycles performed prior to failure, the size 2 Activmotion plate showed higher results than all the other tested implants except the ContourLock plate. The iBalance implant offered the highest stiffness (3.1 kN/mm) for static loading on the lateral side, while the size 2 Activmotion showed the highest stiffness (4.8 kN/mm) in cyclic loading. Conclusions Overall, regarding all of the analysed strength parameters, the size 2 Activmotion plate provided equivalent or higher mechanical stability compared to the previously tested implant. Implants with a metaphyseal slope adapted to the tibia anatomy, and positioned more anteriorly on the proximal medial side of the tibia, should provide good mechanical stability. [less ▲]

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See detailA finite element model of the lower limb during stance phase of gait cycle including the muscle forces
Diffo Kaze, Arnaud UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Arnoux, Pierre-Jean et al

in BioMedical Engineering OnLine (2017), 16(138),

Abstract Background Results of finite element (FE) analyses can give insight into musculoskeletal diseases if physiological boundary conditions, which include the muscle forces during specific activities ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background Results of finite element (FE) analyses can give insight into musculoskeletal diseases if physiological boundary conditions, which include the muscle forces during specific activities of daily life, are considered in the finite element modelling. So far, many simplifications of the boundary conditions are currently made. This study presents an approach for FE modelling of the lower limb for which muscle forces were included. Method The stance phase of normal gait was simulated. Muscle forces were calculated using a musculoskeletal rigid body (RB) model of the human body, and were subsequently applied to a FE model of the lower limb. It was shown that the inertial forces are negligible during the stance phase of normal gait. The contact surfaces between the parts within the knee were modelled as bonded. Weak springs were attached to the distal tibia for numerical reasons. Results Hip joint reaction forces from the RB model and those from the FE model were similar in magnitude with relative differences less than 16%. The forces of the weak spring were negligible compared to the applied muscle forces. The maximal strain was 0.23% in the proximal region of the femoral diaphysis and 1.7% in the contact zone between the tibia and the fibula. Conclusions The presented approach based on FE modelling by including muscle forces from inverse dynamic analysis of musculoskeletal RB model can be used to perform analyses of the lower limb with very realistic boundary conditions. In the present form, this model can be used to better understand the loading, stresses and strains of bones in the knee area and hence to analyse osteotomy fixation devices. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanical strength assessment of a drilled hole in the contralateral cortex at the end of the open wedge for high tibial osteotomy.
Diffo Kaze, Arnaud UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Hoffmann, Alexander et al

in Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics (2017), 4(1),

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate, by means of finite element analysis, the effect of a drill hole at the end of a horizontal osteotomy to reduce the risk of lateral cortex fracture while ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate, by means of finite element analysis, the effect of a drill hole at the end of a horizontal osteotomy to reduce the risk of lateral cortex fracture while performing an opening wedge high tibial osteotomy (OWHTO). The question was whether drilling a hole relieves stress and increases the maximum correction angle without fracture of the lateral cortex depending on the ductility of the cortical bone. METHODS: Two different types of osteotomy cuts were considered; one with a drill hole (diameter 5 mm) and the other without the hole. The drill holes were located about 20 mm distally to the tibial plateau and 6 mm medially to the lateral cortex, such that the minimal thickness of the contralateral cortical bone was 5 mm. Based on finite element calculations, two approaches were used to compare the two types of osteotomy cuts considered: (1) Assessing the static strength using local stresses following the idea of the FKM-guideline, subsequently referred to as the "FKM approach" and (2) limiting the total strain during the opening of the osteotomy wedge, subsequently referred to as "strain approach". A critical opening angle leading to crack initiation in the opposite lateral cortex was determined for each approach and was defined as comparative parameter. The relation to bone aging was investigated by considering the material parameters of cortical bones from young and old subjects. RESULTS: The maximum equivalent (von-Mises) stress was smaller for the cases with a drill hole at the end of the osteotomy cut. The critical angle was approximately 1.5 times higher for the specimens with a drill hole compared to those without. This corresponds to an average increase of 50%. The calculated critical angle for all approaches is below 5°. The critical angle depends on the used approach, on patient's age and assumed ductility of the cortical bone. CONCLUSIONS: Drilling a hole at the end of the osteotomy reduces the stresses in the lateral cortex and increases the critical opening angle prior to cracking of the opposite cortex in specimen with small correction angles. But the difference from having a drill hole or not is not so significant, especially for older patients. The ductility of the cortical bone is the decisive parameter for the critical opening angle. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical comparative study of five currently used implants for high tibial osteotomy: realistic loading including muscle forces versus simplified experimental loading
Diffo Kaze, Arnaud UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Kedziora, Slawomir UL et al

in Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics (2017), 5(28),

Background Many different fixation devices are used to maintain the correction angle after medial open wedge high tibial osteotomy (MOWHTO). Each device must provide at least sufficient mechanical ... [more ▼]

Background Many different fixation devices are used to maintain the correction angle after medial open wedge high tibial osteotomy (MOWHTO). Each device must provide at least sufficient mechanical stability to avoid loss of correction and unwanted fracture of the contralateral cortex until the bone heals. In the present study, the mechanical stability of following different implants was compared: the TomoFix small stature (sm), the TomoFix standard (std), the Contour Lock, the iBalance and the second generation PEEKPower. Simplified loading, usually consisting of a vertical load applied to the tibia plateau, is used for experimental testing of fixation devices and also in numerical studies. Therefore, this study additionally compared this simplified experimental loading with a more realistic loading that includes the muscle forces. Method Two types of finite element models, according to the considered loading, were created. The first type numerically simulated the static tests of MOWHTO implants performed in a previous experimental biomechanical study, by applying a vertical compressive load perpendicularly to the plateau of the osteotomized tibia. The second type included muscle forces in finite element models of the lower limb with osteotomized tibiae and simulated the stance phase of normal gait. Section forces in the models were determined and compared. Stresses in the implants and contralateral cortex, and micromovements of the osteotomy wedge, were calculated. Results For both loading types, the stresses in the implants were lower than the threshold values defined by the material strength. The stresses in the lateral cortex were smaller than the ultimate tensile strength of the cortical bone. The implants iBalance and Contour Lock allowed the smallest micromovements of the wedge, while the PEEKPower allowed the highest. There was a correlation between the micromovements of the wedge, obtained for the simplified loading of the tibia, and the more realistic loading of the lower limb at 15% of the gait cycle (Pearson’s value r = 0.982). Conclusions An axial compressive load applied perpendicularly to the tibia plateau, with a magnitude equal to the first peak value of the knee joint contact forces, corresponds quite well to a realistic loading of the tibia during the stance phase of normal gait (at 15% of the gait cycle and a knee flexion of about 22 degrees). However, this magnitude of the knee joint contact forces overloads the tibia compared to more realistic calculations, where the muscle forces are considered. The iBalance and Contour Lock implants provide higher rigidity to the bone-implant constructs compared to the TomoFix and the PEEKPower plates. [less ▲]

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See detailModel updating for structural health monitoring using static and dynamic measurements
Schommer, Sebastian UL; Nguyen, Viet Ha UL; Maas, Stefan UL et al

in Procedia Engineering (2017), 199

Structural health monitoring is tracking static or dynamic characteristics of a structure to identify and localize stiffness reductions for damage detection. Different damage indicators are used and any ... [more ▼]

Structural health monitoring is tracking static or dynamic characteristics of a structure to identify and localize stiffness reductions for damage detection. Different damage indicators are used and any indicator presents advantages and drawbacks. Hence the idea comes up to combine them in a model-updating procedure using a finite element model. In a first step, a model is fit to match the healthy reference state of the examined structure. Therefore it relies on minimizing a special objective function adding and weighting the differences between measured and calculated static and dynamic structural characteristics. For doing structural health monitoring the measurements are repeated in distinct time intervals and the finite element model is updated again, using the same objective function and minimization procedure. Damage can be identified and localized by highlighting reductions in the stiffness matrix of the model compared to the initial model. The efficiency of the method is illustrated by in-situ tests, where a single beam is examined that was part of a real prestressed concrete bridge. For static tests, 8 displacement transducers were disposed along the length of 40m, while the beam was mass-loaded and the deflection line is analyzed. Modal analysis was performed with swept sine excitation with constant force amplitude to identify eigenfrequencies and mode shapes. Stepwise artificial damage was provoked by cutting multiple prestressed tendons inside the concrete beam. A finite element model with a mapped mesh was created, allowing a variation of Young’s modulus in grouped sections. On real bridges temperature is neither homogenous nor constant over time, which often has a considerable influence on measured static and dynamic characteristics as the stiffness of asphalt and/or bearings can be affected. The proposed methods show their efficiency when temperature effects were excluded or compensated after measurement, which is a topic on its own and not discussed here. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomechanik neuer Implantate für die HTO
Pape, Dietrich; Diffo Kaze, Arnaud UL; Hoffmann, Alexander et al

in Orthopade (Der) (2017), 46(7), 583-595

Biomechanical characteristics of 5 tibial osteotomy plates for the treatment of medial knee joint osteoarthritis were examined. Fourth-generation tibial bone composites underwent a medial open-wedge high ... [more ▼]

Biomechanical characteristics of 5 tibial osteotomy plates for the treatment of medial knee joint osteoarthritis were examined. Fourth-generation tibial bone composites underwent a medial open-wedge high tibial osteotomy, using TomoFix™ standard, PEEKPower®, ContourLock®, TomoFix™ small stature plates, and iBalance® implants. Static compression load to failure and load-controlled cyclic fatigue failure tests were performed. All plates had sufficient stability up to 2400 N in the static compression load to failure tests. Screw breakage in the iBalance® group and opposite cortex fractures in all constructs occurred at lower loading conditions. The highest fatigue strength in terms of maximal load and number of cycles performed prior to failure was observed for the ContourLock® group followed by the iBalance® implants, the TomoFix™ standard and small stature plates. PEEKPower® had the lowest fatigue strength. All plates showed sufficient stability under static loading. Compared to the TomoFix™ and the PEEKPower® plates, the ContourLock® plate and iBalance® implant showed a higher mechanical fatigue strength during cyclic fatigue testing, suggesting that both mechanical static and fatigue strength increase with a wider proximal T‑shaped plate design together with diverging proximal screws. Mechanical strength of the bone–implant constructs decreases with a narrow T‑shaped proximal end design and converging proximal screws (TomoFix™) or a short vertical plate design (PEEKPower®). Published results indicate high fusion rates and good clinical results with the TomoFix™ plate, which is contrary to our findings. A certain amount of interfragmentary motion rather than high mechanical strength and stiffness seem to be important for bone healing which is outside the scope of this paper. [less ▲]

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See detailA Study of Temperature and Aging Effects on Eigenfrequencies of Concrete Bridges for Health Monitoring
Nguyen, Viet Ha UL; Mahowald, Jean UL; Schommer, Sebastian UL et al

in Engineering (2017), 9

This paper discusses the influence of environmental factors and of normal material aging on the eigenfrequencies of concrete bridges based on monitoring data registered during 4 years of a specific bridge ... [more ▼]

This paper discusses the influence of environmental factors and of normal material aging on the eigenfrequencies of concrete bridges based on monitoring data registered during 4 years of a specific bridge. It is a new composite steel-concrete bridge built in 2006 in Luxembourg. The measurements are analyzed and compared to literature data. The final objective is the use of real monitored eigenfrequencies for structural health monitoring and damage detection based on identification of stiffness losses in practical applications. Therefore, it is very important to identify and compensate for outdoor influences namely temperature, excitation force level and normal aging effects, like creep and shrinkage of concrete and their impact on material properties. The present paper aims at describing these effects in order to separate them from damage effects. It is shown that temperature change rates and temperature gradients within the bridge have an influence on the eigenfrequencies. Hence the key idea for assessment from the full database is to select only measurements with small temperature differences and slow temperature change rates. [less ▲]

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See detailPost-occupancy evaluation of residential buildings in Luxembourgwith centralized and decentralized ventilation systems, focusing onindoor air quality (IAQ). Assessment by questionnaires and physicalmeasurements
Ferreira Silva, Marielle; Maas, Stefan UL; Artur de Souza, Henor et al

in Energy and Buildings (2017), 148

tComplete knowledge about habits of the occupants, including their opinions regarding ventilation sys-tems is an important condition for reducing the consumption of natural resources and improving ... [more ▼]

tComplete knowledge about habits of the occupants, including their opinions regarding ventilation sys-tems is an important condition for reducing the consumption of natural resources and improving indoorcomfort. In addition, uncomforted occupants tend to take measures to improve their situation, whichmay increase energy consumption. Advanced thermal models for buildings can perhaps predict interac-tions between the IAQ determinants, e.g. energy consumption, ventilation and comfort, but do not takeinto account the behavior of residents. By questionnaires and physical measurements this study evalu-ated dwellings equipped partly with centralized and partly with decentralized ventilation systems withheat recovery. This field study involved two post-occupied residential buildings situated in the city ofEsch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, during spring season 2015. Thus, both the physical measurements andquestionnaires were considered. The results obtained demonstrated that more than 80% of the residentswere satisfied and the perceived IAQ was judged “normal”, “good” or even “very good”. Furthermore,the measurements performed detected in some cases malfunction of ventilation devices, wherefore theoccupants were unable. [less ▲]

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