Structural Dynamics and Adaptive Structures
A major part of the EU-FP6 Project "Sustainable Bridges" concerns the development of a wireless communication network. In the future, this sensor network will be used for structural health monitoring.
The Empa Bridge, a composite material cable-stay pedestrian bridge erected in the Empa test laboratory, will be equipped with sensors and actuators. Methods for vibration damping through the application of "Rheological Materials" or "Tuned Mass Dampers" are being researched using this bridge.