This paper presents a smartphone application called App4SHM, as a customized SHM process for damage detection. App4SHM interrogates the phone’s internal accelerometer to measure accelerations, estimates the natural frequencies, and compares them with a reference data set through a machine learning algorithm properly trained to detect damage in almost real time.
The results show that App4SHM retrieves the natural frequencies with reliable precision and performs accurate damage detection, promising to be a low-cost solution for long-term SHM. It can also be used in the context of scheduled bridge inspections or to assess bridges’ condition after catastrophic events.
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