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UNI receives grant for bridge safety research

December 6, 2011

Jin Zhu, assistant professor, industrial technology, 319-273-2597,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa recently received a grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) to monitor and evaluate bridge damage detection using a Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) system. The project goes from Sept.1, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2013.

The IDOT has done research to develop a SHM system that is capable of identifying damage and able to report on the general operational condition of bridges. UNI's Department of Industrial Technology will investigate the feasibility of using wireless sensor systems for transportation system monitoring, because a significant cost of any bridge monitoring system lies in the cost of cabling and installation.

The objectives of the project, which involves research from each of Iowa's three public universities, is to finalize development of the overall SHM system hardware and software and evaluate and develop energy harvesting techniques.

For more information, contact Jin Zhu, assistant professor in industrial technology, at 319-273-2597 or