Expected impacts
SENsing SKIN' for Monitoring-Based Maintenance of the Transport Infrastructure

Expected Impacts

New construction and maintenance techniques that will enhance bridge performance by improving safety, service continuity in case of disruptive events, capacity, resiliency to changes in traffic demand and climate, cost-effectiveness, sustainability and reliability.

Increased infrastructure capacity and optimising maintenance costs for all transport modes as a monitoring and management system through the integrated DSS that will optimise the summed environmental, economic and social costs of maintenance works through analysis of the feasible options using combined LCAs and LCCs methodology. 

Greener Infrastructure for transport through the proposed environmental and economic break-even point that will allow engineers and designers to easily evaluate the environmental and economic quality of different approaches over the whole lifecycle.

Extended life span of ageing transport infrastructure via real-time information on the evolution of strains and open cracks on whole deteriorated areas and realistic assessments of the structural condition used to design remediation strategies to prolong the life of existing bridges.

Improve cost-effectiveness and sustainability of sensing systems by the design of a sensing skin capable of spatial sensing and measurement of reversible strain in the range of 0.012% to more than 10%, is low power, easy to attach on an irregular surface, is low cost, allows simple signal processing and includes the ability of self-monitoring and self-reporting.

Reduction of multi-modal infrastructure construction and maintenance energy intensity and subsequent CO2 pollutants and noise emissions through the development of a system that is appropriate for all types of transport infrastructure, integrated with an appropriate DSS for each application expected to reduce the energy expended on intervention works, and thereby minimise CO2 pollutants and noise emissions resulting from such works.

Supporting the transition towards zero traffic disruption from inspection, construction and maintenance by 2030 and boost the overall performance of the European transport infrastructure and reduce nuisances generated by transport.