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Title: Seismic monitoring of roadbeds for traffic flow, vehicle characterization, and pavement deterioration

A road-side seismic monitoring system has been developed that includes not only instrumentation and fielding methods, but also data analysis methods and codes. The system can be used as either a passive or active monitoring system. In the passive mode, seismic signals generated by passing vehicles are recorded. Analysis of these signals provides information on the location, speed, length, and weight of the vehicle. In the active mode, designed for monitoring pavement degradation, a vibrating magnetostrictive source is coupled to the shoulder of the road and signals generated are recorded on the opposite side of the road. Analysis of the variation in surface wave velocity at various frequencies (dispersion) is used in an attempt to develop models of the near-surface pavement velocity structure. The monitoring system was tested at two sites in New Mexico, an older two-lane road and a newly-paved section of interstate highway. At the older site, the system was able to determine information about vehicle velocity, wheel-base length and weight. The sites showed significant differences in response and the results indicate the need for further development of the method to extract the most information possible for each site investigated.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
574188
Report Number(s):
SAND--97-1272
ON: DE98003223; TRN: 98:001223
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Jan 1998
Research Org:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; ROADS; ACOUSTIC MEASUREMENTS; SEISMIC WAVES; SEISMIC ARRAYS; ACOUSTIC MONITORING; PAVEMENTS; VEHICLES