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Evaluation of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) Techniques for Reclamation Infrastructures

Project ID: 4022
Principal Investigator: Bobbi Jo Merten
Research Topic: Improving Geotechnical Infrastructure Reliability
Funded Fiscal Years: 2013
Keywords: infrastructure reliability, infrastructure sustainability, structural health monitoring (shm), roadmap

Research Question

How can the Bureau of Reclamation utilize structural health monitoring (SHM) technologies to improve infrastructure maintenance practices, maximize usable life, and ensure the safe operation of its facilities? What kind of roadmap must be developed to initiate this research at the greatest cost efficiency?

Need and Benefit

A general infrastructure roadmap will create a starting point for identifying opportunities to research the implementation of SHM technologies and practices. Reclamation projects can be very large and are exposed to a variety of conditions including buried or immersed structures. Therefore, the uniqueness of the infrastructure requires the need to evaluate components, processes, and problems in which research funding provides great potential for maintenance cost reduction as well as extended infrastructural lifetimes.

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Bureau of Reclamation Review

The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.

Review of Mussel Adhesion Mechanism and Scoping Study (interim, PDF, 956KB)
By Bobbi Jo Merten
Report completed on September 30, 2013

Funding for this project was provided under the Science & Technology Program, project #7419. The original proposal was a small laboratory scoping level experiment to investigate the feasibility of using mussel adhesive to form a protective coating over steel surfaces, which could benefit the corrosion-protective as well as the underwater-cure coatings industries. It was challenging to locate a vendor for supplying mussel proteins, and it was concluded that the materials were cost-prohibitive.
Keywords: zebra mussel, quagga mussel, mussel foot protein, mussel adhesion

This information was last updated on April 17, 2014
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