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See detailEin Vergleich der nationalen Berechnungsvorschriften zur Gesamtenergieeffizienz und deren Realverbrauch anhand von 14 Bürogebäuden in Luxemburg, Deutschland, Belgien, der Schweiz und in Frankreich
Render, Wolfgang; Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL

in Bauphysik (2016), 38

Die EU-Mitgliedsstaaten sind gemäß den Richtlinien 2002/91/EG und 2010/31/EU verpflichtet, die Gesamtenergieeffizienz von Gebäuden abhängig von ihrer Art der Nutzung zu ermitteln und in einem Energiepass ... [more ▼]

Die EU-Mitgliedsstaaten sind gemäß den Richtlinien 2002/91/EG und 2010/31/EU verpflichtet, die Gesamtenergieeffizienz von Gebäuden abhängig von ihrer Art der Nutzung zu ermitteln und in einem Energiepass zu belegen. Die Ausgestaltung der Details des Berechnungsverfahrens und der Grenzwerte obliegt den Mitgliedsstaaten, denen man damit einen nationalen Entscheidungsspielraum zugesteht. Für 14 bestehende einfache kleinere Bürogebäude ohne Lüftung und Klimatisierung wurden die Berechnungen der Gesamtenergieeffizienz nach den jeweiligen Berechnungsmethoden durchgeführt und mit dem gemessenen realen Verbrauch verglichen. Die Abweichungen zwischen der berechneten Endenergie und dem tatsächlichen Verbrauch betragen zwar bis über 100% beim einzelnen Objekt, aber nur ca. + 28 % im Mittel bei der Heizenergie und nur wenige Prozent beim Strom, allerdings unter Annahme eines geschätzten Stromverbrauchs für die Büroausstattung. Die Abweichungen bei der Heizenergie und beim Strom können als gut bezeichnet werden. [less ▲]

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See detailDamage detection for bridge structures based on dynamic and static measurements
Nguyen, Viet Ha UL; Schommer, Sebastian UL; Zurbes, Arno et al

Scientific Conference (2016, March)

Some results of damage detection for real bridge structures are reported in the present paper based on both dynamic and static measurements. Dynamic analysis relates to the identification of modal ... [more ▼]

Some results of damage detection for real bridge structures are reported in the present paper based on both dynamic and static measurements. Dynamic analysis relates to the identification of modal parameters and deduced variables… The processing of static data is based on the analyses of deflection line and its derivatives, i.e. slope and curvature. Detection methods were applied in several real concrete bridges in Luxembourg. The results are encouraging and useful for Structural Health Monitoring in civil engineering structures. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy consumption of non-retrofitted institutional building stock inLuxembourg and the potential for a cost-efficient retrofit
Hoos, Thorsten UL; Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL et al

in Energy and Buildings (2016), 123(2016), 162-168

The public building stock of a country, consisting of schools, offices, accommodation facilities, single-and multi-family homes, accounts for a high consumption of electrical and heat energy. Therefore ... [more ▼]

The public building stock of a country, consisting of schools, offices, accommodation facilities, single-and multi-family homes, accounts for a high consumption of electrical and heat energy. Therefore, thisstock is often subject to actions with the goal of lowering this energy usage by increasing the efficiencyof those buildings. This is usually done by applying measures to the building envelope like insulationand/or new windows and by using a more efficient HVAC technology. But often, in the initial state, thecurrent energy consumption of such a stock is unknown or only known for single buildings. In this case,the calculation of energy and cost savings is either impossible or not exact. This paper shows a way toquantify and categorize the end-energy for heat use of the public building stock in Luxembourg, whichconsists of a gross area of 1.744 million m2. This analysis was carried out in cooperation with the nationaladministration of public buildings.A certain amount of sample buildings was analyzed and then separated into three groups of low,normal and high end-energy use. The boundaries of these groups were chosen according to literaturevalues, derived from European retrofit projects, which also served as the source for possible renovationcosts. This data was extrapolated to the whole stock. This information serves as a basis for future decisionsconcerning the retrofit of those buildings and makes a calculation of costs possible.As a result, the type of buildings with the highest potential for retrofit measures was identified. Schools,offices and accommodation facilities with a “high” consumption of more than 190 kWh/(m2a) show thehighest economic potential with retrofit costs of 0.04–0.08 D /kWh if their energy consumption is loweredto values of around 90–100 kWh. Other groups of buildings show higher costs of around 0.07–0.19 D /kWh. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural health monitoring based on static measurements with temperature compensation
Nguyen, Viet Ha UL; Schommer, Sebastian UL; Zürbes, Arno et al

in QUALITY SPECIFICATIONS FOR ROADWAY BRIDGES, STANDARDIZATION AT A EUROPEAN LEVEL (2016)

The paper presents the main results from static tests in a prestressed concrete beam taken out from a real bridge. The tests were achieved during about one month with several scenarios of damage that ... [more ▼]

The paper presents the main results from static tests in a prestressed concrete beam taken out from a real bridge. The tests were achieved during about one month with several scenarios of damage that loaded and unloaded states were monitored for each scenario. Damages in 4 levels were simulated by cutting prestressed tendons. There were 8 transducers distributed along the length’s beam to measure displacements. Deflection lines resulted from the static measurements from every state allow discovering the location of damages. Moreover, the calculation of slope and curvature lines leads also to very interesting issues for damage localization. [less ▲]

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See detailField tests of centralized and decentralized ventilation units inresidential buildings – Specific fan power, heat recovery efficiency,shortcuts and volume flow unbalances
Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

in Energy and Buildings (2016), 116(2016), 376-383

tThe energy efficient operation of mechanical ventilation systems depends on various parameters. InLuxembourg, field tests with 20 centralized and 60 decentralized mechanical ventilation systems insingle ... [more ▼]

tThe energy efficient operation of mechanical ventilation systems depends on various parameters. InLuxembourg, field tests with 20 centralized and 60 decentralized mechanical ventilation systems insingle- and multi-family homes were conducted in order to measure the actual performance of thosesystems in occupied buildings. The considered parameters were: Main air flows, internal and externalrecirculation, sensitivity to differential pressure, specific fan power and heat recovery efficiency. In manycases, the performance of the ventilation units was lower than expected. The systems showed deviationsbetween supply and exhaust flows of up to 60%. In particular, the air flow in decentralized units wasstrongly influenced by pressure differences between the inside and outside due to wind or stack effectswhich leads to a decreased heat recovery efficiency. The total mean recirculation ratio was 6.5%, with astandard deviation of 12.5% for centralized and 13 ± 6.2% for decentralized devices. As a consequence,the delivered flow of fresh air is smaller by the amount of recirculation. The specific fan power, theratio between air flow and power consumption, was measured with 0.475 ± 0.37 Wh/m3for centralizedand 0.22 ± 0.023 Wh/m3for decentralized systems. The lower value for the decentralized systems canbe explained by lower pressure losses due to the lack of ductwork. The heat recovery efficiency was0.65 ± 0.24 for centralized systems and 0.7 ± 0.17 for decentralized systems which is significantly lowerthan nominal values provided by the manufacturers. The results of this study show that the overall energyefficiency of ventilation devices installed in residential buildings under real working conditions are oftenlower than expected. These findings could possibly serve as indicators for future research & developmentat manufacturer and commissioning level. [less ▲]

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See detailSome remarks on the influence of temperature-variations, non-linearities, repeatability and ageing on modal-analysis for structural health monitoring of real bridges
Maas, Stefan UL; Schommer, Sebastian UL; Nguyen, Viet Ha UL et al

in MATEC Web of Conferences (2015, October 19), 24(Article No. 05006),

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) intends to identify damage by changes of characteristics as for instance the modal parameters. The eigenfrequencies, mode-shapes and damping-values are either directly ... [more ▼]

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) intends to identify damage by changes of characteristics as for instance the modal parameters. The eigenfrequencies, mode-shapes and damping-values are either directly used as damage indicators or the changes of derived parameters are analysed, such as e.g. flexibilities or updated finite element models. One common way is a ontinuous monitoring under environmental excitation forces, such as wind or traffic, i.e. the so-called output-only modal analysis. Alternatively, a forced measured external excitation in distinct time-intervals may be used for input-output modal analysis. Both methods are limited by the precision or the repeatability under real-life conditions at site. The paper will summarize everal field tests of artificially step by step damaged bridges prior to their final demolishment and it will show the changes of eigenfrequencies due to induced artificial damage. Additionally, some results of a monitoring campaign of a healthy bridge in Luxembourg are presented. Reinforced concrete shows non-linear behaviour in the sense that modal parameters depend on the excitation force amplitude, i.e. higher forces lead often to lower eigenfrequencies than smaller forces. Furthermore, the temperature of real bridges is neither constant in space nor in time, while for instance the stiffness of asphalt is strongly dependant on it. Finally, ageing as uch can also change a bridge’s stiffness and its modal parameters, e.g. because creep and hrinkage of concrete or ageing of elastomeric bearing pads influence their modulus of elasticity. These effects cannot be considered as damage, though they influence the measurement of modal parameters and hinder damage detection. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of temperature-dependent stiffness variation of a layer of asphalt and their possible effect on the deformation behaviour of concrete structures
Waldmann, Danièle UL; Erdenebat, Dolgion UL; Scherbaum, Frank et al

in 6th International Conference on Experimental Vibration Analysis for Civil Engineering Structures, Duebendorf 2015 (2015, October)

In the time of increasing maintenance costs, the continuous inspection and the earliest possible damage detection become more and more important. In order to minimize future maintenance costs, the exact ... [more ▼]

In the time of increasing maintenance costs, the continuous inspection and the earliest possible damage detection become more and more important. In order to minimize future maintenance costs, the exact evaluation of the condition of the structure and the exact assessment of potential damages are of essential importance. Therefore the University of Luxembourg carries out projects to investigate an efficient application of different assessment methods taking into account praxis relevant test conditions. As a part of this project especially the changing temperatures which influence the stiffness of the materials are analysed. As a consequence, for the condition assessment of structures, the asphalt layer cannot only be taken into consideration as a mass applied as load on the structure. Due to bond effects of the asphalt layer to the load carrying element its changing stiffness induced by changing temperatures influences the stiffness of the whole structure. Within this paper this effect will be illustrated. First the load carrying behaviour and the stiffness of pre-stressed concrete slabs realized with and without an additional asphalt layer will be investigated in a climate chamber and the results will be compared for different temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailMesstechnische Ermittlung der U-Werte von Altbaufassaden im Vergleich mit Typologiewerten für den Gebäudebestand
Hoos, Thorsten UL; Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL et al

in Bauphysik (2015)

Die Wirtschaftlichkeit von Renovierungsvorhaben an Altbauten hängt im Wesentlichen von der erwarteten Wertsteigerung, der Miethöhe und den zu erreichenden Energieeinsparungen ab. Um diese Einsparungen zu ... [more ▼]

Die Wirtschaftlichkeit von Renovierungsvorhaben an Altbauten hängt im Wesentlichen von der erwarteten Wertsteigerung, der Miethöhe und den zu erreichenden Energieeinsparungen ab. Um diese Einsparungen zu berechnen, wird ein rechnerischer Vergleich zwischen dem aktuellen Verbrauch und dem Verbrauch nach der Sanierung angestrebt. Zahlreiche Studien zeigen auf, dass der rechnerische Energiebedarf von Gebäuden häufig von dem tatsächlichen Verbrauch abweicht. Dies gilt vor allem für vor 1970 errichtete Altbauten. Ein wichtiger Eingangsparameter der Berechnungsmethodik sind die U-Werte der Aussenwände, welche typischerweise vom Energieexperten vor Ort aus Typologien des Gesetzgebers für die jeweilige Wandkonstruktion ausgewählt werden. In dieser Veröffentlichung werden Mess- und Simulationsergebnisse von verschiedenen Wandtypen präsentiert. Die ermittelten Werte lagen zwischen 0.9 und 1,2 W/(m2K) und somit deutlich unter den in Luxemburg angenommenen Typologiewerten von 1,4 bis 2,1 W/(m2K). Die beschriebenen Abweichungen zwischen Energiebedarfsberechnung und tatsächlichem Energieverbrauch können somit zum Teil auf fehlerhafte Annahmen des ausstellenden Experten vor Ort zurückgeführt werden, welche sich an Typologiewerten orientieren. [less ▲]

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See detailPrimary energy used in centralized and decentralized ventilation systems measured in field tests in residential buildings
Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

in Proceedings of the 26th AIVC Conference, Effective Ventilation in high performance buildings (2015, September)

Ventilation systems can save heat energy by using heat recovery, but consume electrical energy to power the fans. In practice, the energy efficiency of those systems can be lower than expected, when ... [more ▼]

Ventilation systems can save heat energy by using heat recovery, but consume electrical energy to power the fans. In practice, the energy efficiency of those systems can be lower than expected, when compared to the nominal values provided by the manufacturer. In this paper, results of a comprehensive field tests with 20 centralized and 60 decentralized ventilation systems for residential buildings and the calculation of the primary energy savings of those devices are presented. Factors like volume flow unbalances, shortcuts, temperature change rates and specific fan power have been addressed by tracer gas technology and other means and been used as input factors to calculate the primary energy balance of those devices. Every system showed positive primary energy savings. The mean value for centralized systems was 2.92 Wh/m3 with a high standard deviation of 2.23 Wh/m3, while the decentralized systems showed higher savings of around 4.75 Wh/m3 with a standard deviation of 0.01 to 0.15 Wh/m3. In general, the calculated savings in field tests were significantly lower compared to the case of using nominal values as input parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign rules for autofrettage of an aluminium valve body
Sellen, Stephan UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Andreas, Thomas et al

in Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures (2015)

The following paper is intended to improve the fatigue behaviour of a complex aluminium valve geometry under high internal cyclic pres sure loading. The autofrettage process helps to increase the f atigue ... [more ▼]

The following paper is intended to improve the fatigue behaviour of a complex aluminium valve geometry under high internal cyclic pres sure loading. The autofrettage process helps to increase the f atigue durability and a simple, but efficient design method for this proces s is deployed. Based o n non-linear material’s behaviour, fin ite eleme nt simulations of t he crack-free geometry help to determine the minimum and maximum autofrettage pressure to be used, without iterative crack simulations , which would require higher computational effort. Material tests under inverse plastifications were performed in order to determine the correct material model. The derived design method was validated with simplified specimens subjected to different autofrettage pressure levels and su bsequent cyclic fatigue tests. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomechanical properties of five different currently used implants for open-wedge high tibial osteotomy
Diffo Kaze, Arnaud UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL et al

in Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics (2015), 2(14),

Background: As several new tibial osteotomy plates recently appeared on the market, the aim of the present study was to compare mechanical static and fatigue strength of three newly designed plates with ... [more ▼]

Background: As several new tibial osteotomy plates recently appeared on the market, the aim of the present study was to compare mechanical static and fatigue strength of three newly designed plates with gold standard plates for the treatment of medial knee joint osteoarthritis. Methods: Sixteen fourth-generation tibial bone composites underwent a medial open-wedge high tibial osteotomyn(HTO) according to standard techniques, using five TomoFix standard plates, five PEEKPower plates and six iBalance implants. Static compression load to failure and load-controlled cyclic fatigue failure tests were performed. Forces, horizontal and vertical displacements were measured; rotational permanent plastic deformations, maximal displacement ranges in the hysteresis loops of the cyclic loading responses and dynamic stiffness were determined. Results: Static compression load to failure tests revealed that all plates showed sufficient stability up to 2400 N without any signs of opposite cortex fracture, which occurred above this load in all constructs at different load levels. During the fatigue failure tests, screw breakage in the iBalance group and opposite cortex fractures in all constructs occurred only under physiological loading conditions (<2400 N). 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 (std) and small stature (sm) plates. The PEEKPower group showed the lowest fatigue strength. Conclusions: 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. These data suggest that both mechanical static and fatigue strength increase with a wider proximal T-shaped plate design together with diverging proximal screws as used in the ContourLock plate or a closed-wedge construction as in the iBalance design. 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 Plate). Whenever high mechanical strength is required, a ContourLock or iBalance plate should be selected. [less ▲]

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See detailImproved design of threaded connections by autofrettage in aluminium compounds for cyclic high pressure loading: design calculations and experimental verification
Sellen, Stephan; Maas, Stefan UL; Andreas, Thomas et al

in Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures (2015)

Threaded connections in an aluminium valve body under high internal swelling pressure are investigated. A static straining process called autofrettage leads to an improved fatigue behaviour of the ... [more ▼]

Threaded connections in an aluminium valve body under high internal swelling pressure are investigated. A static straining process called autofrettage leads to an improved fatigue behaviour of the aluminium component, while normally the threaded connections are unloaded during this autofrettage. But by unloading the thread during autofrettage the first loaded thread flank became the weakest point of this valve component. This effect is analyzed with non-linear finite element simulations, FKM guideline for fatigue assessment and by experimental testing. The analytical and experimental parts match very well and it can be shown that a well-designed autofrettage without unloading the threaded connection is helpful for the aluminium thread and extends its fatigue lifetime, as compressive residual stresses and an equalized stress distribution over the thread flanks can be generated. Finally different materials were chosen for the plug or screw and this effect for cyclic loading is shortly analyzed. [less ▲]

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See detailA semi-centralized, valveless and demand controlled ventilation system in comparison to other concepts in field tests
Merzkirch, Alexander UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

in Building and Environment (2015), 93(21-26),

The idea of adapting the air supply rate to the actual demand in a building is not a new one. In commercial buildings it is already state-of-the-art to establish a demand controlled ventilation, where the ... [more ▼]

The idea of adapting the air supply rate to the actual demand in a building is not a new one. In commercial buildings it is already state-of-the-art to establish a demand controlled ventilation, where the level of air ow is based on sensors or time control. In residential buildings however, mechanical ventilation systems, whether centralized or decentralized, are in most cases operated in a constant modus, providing fresh air regardless if the fresh air is needed or not, even though the technology and the components needed for demand controlled ventilation exist and can be purchased at reasonable prices. In this article, results of eld tests with a semi-centralized demand feedback-controlled ventilation system are shown and compared to outcomes with other demand controlled systems. The semi-centralized prototype includes decentralized fans per ventilation zone, making a room-wise ventilation possible and valves to balance the system hydraulically unnecessary. It is shown that each presented concept of demand controlled ventilation can save energy by decreasing the operational time or the mean airflow rate without compromising air quality. Concepts which make a zone- or even a room-wise control of air ow possible, showed the highest energy saving potential of up to two-thirds compared to a system operating at constant flow rates. In addition to the energy savings due to decreased operational time, the maintenance and lter costs are decreased while the user comfort is increased, as natural ventilation in spring, summer and autumn may easily be added when delta T between inside and outside is small. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of a Computed Tomography Based Approach to Validate Noninvasive Devices to Measure Rotational Knee Laxity
Neumann, Simon UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL et al

in International Scholarly Research Notices (2015)

The purpose of this study is to validate a noninvasive rotational knee laxity measuring device called “Rotameter P2” with an approach based on Computed Tomography (CT). This CT-approach using X-rays is ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study is to validate a noninvasive rotational knee laxity measuring device called “Rotameter P2” with an approach based on Computed Tomography (CT). This CT-approach using X-rays is hence invasive and can be regarded as a precise reference method that may also be applied to similar devices. An error due to imperfect femur fixation was observed but can be neglected for small torques. The most significant estimation error is due to the unavoidable soft tissues rotation and hence flexibility in the measurement chain. The error increases with the applied torque.The assessment showed that the rotational knee angle measured with the Rotameter is still overestimated because of thigh and femur displacement, soft tissues deformation, and measurement artefacts adding up to a maximum of 285% error at +15Nm for the Internal Rotation of female volunteers. This may be questioned if such noninvasive devices for measuring the Tibia-Femoral Rotation (TFR) can help diagnosing knee pathologies and investigate ligament reconstructive surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign, Repeatability, and Comparison to Literature Data of a New Noninvasive Device Called "Rotameter" to Measure Rotational Knee Laxity
Neumann, Simon UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL et al

in International Scholarly Research Notices Orthopedics (2015), Volume 2015, Article ID 439095

The present paper deals with the design, the repeatability, and the comparison to literature data of a new measuring device called “Rotameter” to characterize the rotational knee laxity or the tibia ... [more ▼]

The present paper deals with the design, the repeatability, and the comparison to literature data of a new measuring device called “Rotameter” to characterize the rotational knee laxity or the tibia-femoral rotation (TFR). The initial prototype P1 of the Rotameter is shortly introduced and then modified according to trials carried out on a prosthetic leg and on five healthy volunteers, leading therefore to an improved prototype P2. A comparison of results obtained from P1 and P2 with the same male subject shows the enhancements of P2. Intertester and intratester repeatability of this new device were shown and it was observed that rotational laxities of left and right knees are the same for a healthy subject. Moreover, a literature review showed that measurements with P2 presented lower TFR values than other noninvasive devices.The measured TFR versus torque characteristic was quite similar to other invasive devices, which are more difficult to use and harmful to the patient. Hence, our prototype P2 proved to be an easy-to-use and suitable device for quantifying rotational knee laxity. A forthcoming study will validate the Rotameter thanks to an approach based on computed tomography in order to evaluate its precision. [less ▲]

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See detailA signal processing method to remove environmental effects for damage detection in bridge structures
Nguyen, Viet Ha UL; Mahowald, Jean UL; Maas, Stefan UL et al

Poster (2014, July)

This paper consists in damage diagnosis for several real bridges in Luxembourg. Before, different analysis methods were applied to the data measured from these structures showing interesting results ... [more ▼]

This paper consists in damage diagnosis for several real bridges in Luxembourg. Before, different analysis methods were applied to the data measured from these structures showing interesting results. However, some difficulties are faced, especially due to environmental influences (temperature and soil-behaviour variations) which overlaid the structural changes caused by damage or confuse damage levels. These environmental effects are investigated in detail and removed in this work through Principal Component Analysis. Damage index is based on outlier analysis [less ▲]

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See detailDamage detection in bridge structures including environmental effects
Nguyen, Viet Ha UL; Mahowald, Jean UL; Golinval, Jean-Claude et al

in the Ninth International Conference on Structural Dynamics EURODYN 2014 (2014, July)

Damage identification for two real big bridges in Luxembourg is carried out in this paper. Vibration responses were captured from different types of excitation such as measurable and adjustable harmonic ... [more ▼]

Damage identification for two real big bridges in Luxembourg is carried out in this paper. Vibration responses were captured from different types of excitation such as measurable and adjustable harmonic swept sine excitation and hammer impact. Before, different analysis methods were applied to the data measured from these structures showing interesting results. However, some difficulties are faced, especially due to environmental influences (temperature and soil-behaviour variations) overlaid to the structural changes caused by damage. These environmental effects are investigated in detail in this work. First, the modal parameters are identified from the response data by means of Wavelet Transform. In the next step, they are stochastically collected and processed through Principal Component Analysis. Damage index is based on outlier analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailFatigue in the Core of Aluminium Honeycomb Panels: Lifetime Prediction compared to Fatigue Tests
Wahl, Laurent UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL et al

in International Journal of Damage Mechanics (2014), 23 no.5

In comparison to their weight, honeycomb composite structures have a high bending stiffness, which makes them very suited for every application where little weight is important, like airplanes, railway ... [more ▼]

In comparison to their weight, honeycomb composite structures have a high bending stiffness, which makes them very suited for every application where little weight is important, like airplanes, railway-cars and vehicles. The sandwich panels consist of two thin and stiff aluminium face sheets , which are bonded to a thick and lightweight aluminium honeycomb core. These structures are subjected to dynamic loading. However, in literature, there are hardly any fatigue properties of the honeycomb core described. The fatigue properties of the core are investigated using the finite element method and experiments. Depending on the load application, the honeycomb core fails either through core indentation or shear failure. For a fatigue prediction, both failure modes have to be investigated. Additionally the physical behavior of the honeycomb core is depending on the orientation of the core. Hence, fatigue tests were conducted in three directions of the core: the stiffest direction, the most compliant direction and the direction with the highest stresses. A three-point bending test setup was built to study the fatigue properties of the honeycomb core. Several fatigue tests were carried out with a load ratio of R=0.1 (maximum load 10 times bigger than minimum load) and the fatigue diagrams being illustrated. Additionally, Food-Cart Roller Tests (wheels of a cart rolling in a circle on a floor panel) were done to dynamically test the panels in every angle. The sandwich structures were modeled with the ANSYS finite element software. The simulations, which were used to determine the stress amplitudes in the specimens, are described in the following pages. In addition, buckling analyses were used to examine core indentation failure. Based on these simulations, failure predictions can be made. The fatigue life of the examined specimens is successfully approximated in this manuscript, with the lifetime analysis being based on the FKM-guideline (error less than 14% in load amplitude). [less ▲]

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See detailSome conclusions from the measurements of temperatures and their gradients on eigenfrequencies of bridges
Mahowald, Jean UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Nguyen, Viet Ha UL et al

Scientific Conference (2014, June 30)

The ambient air temperature and solar radiation are affecting the soil and asphalts’ stiffness and hence the eigenfrequencies of a bridge. Very often eigenfrequencies are automatically determined by ... [more ▼]

The ambient air temperature and solar radiation are affecting the soil and asphalts’ stiffness and hence the eigenfrequencies of a bridge. Very often eigenfrequencies are automatically determined by special algorithms from structural response data generated by ambient excitation and measured by permanently installed sensors that is sometimes called “output only analysis” or “operating modal analysis”. Additionally the ambient air temperature is registered and finally the eigenfrequencies are analyzed versus the air temperature. The graph is normally a scatter diagram and each point is one measurement. In general the eigenfrequencies decrease with increasing temperature, whereas often linear regression is used to determine the line of best fit. But the slope of this straight line and the width of the scatter around the regression line differ from bridge to bridge. Especially this scatter field around the mean value at a determined temperature complicates the detection of damage, which is also often based on eigenfrequencies’ reduction. Hence the difficulty among others consists in separating damage from environmental effects. [less ▲]

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See detailUse Of Time- And Frequency-Domain Approaches For Damage Detection In Civil Engineering Structures
Nguyen, Viet Ha UL; Mahowald, Jean UL; Maas, Stefan UL et al

in Shock and Vibration (2014), 2014

The aim of this paper is to apply both time- and frequency-domain-based approaches on real-life civil engineering structures and to assess their capability for damage detection. The methodology is based ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to apply both time- and frequency-domain-based approaches on real-life civil engineering structures and to assess their capability for damage detection. The methodology is based on Principal Component Analysis. The first structure is the Champangshiehl Bridge located in Luxembourg. Several damage levels were intentionally created by cutting a growing number of prestressed tendons and vibration data were acquired by the University of Luxembourg for each damaged state. The second example consists in reinforced and prestressed concrete panels. Successive damages were introduced in the panels by loading heavy weights and by cutting steel wires. The illustrations show different consequences in damage identification by the considered techniques [less ▲]

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