Thermoelasticity and ArUco marker-based model validation of polymer structure: application to the San Giorgio’s bridge inspection robot

Lorenzo Capponi, Tommaso Tocci, Mariapaola D'Imperio, Syed Haider Jawad Abidi, Massimiliano Scaccia, Ferdinando Cannella, Roberto Marsili, Gianluca Rossi


Experimental procedures are often involved in the numerical models validation. To define the behaviour of a structure, its underlying dynamics and stress distributions are generally investigated. In this research, a multi-instrumental and multi-spectral method is proposed in order to validate the numerical model of the Inspection Robot mounted on the new San Giorgio's Bridge on the Polcevera river. An infrared thermoelasticity-based approach is used to measure stress-concentration factors and, additionally, an innovative methodology is implemented to define the natural frequencies of the Robot Inspection structure, based on the detection of ArUco fiducial markers. Established impact hammer procedure is also performed for the validation of the results.

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