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Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

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Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
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Sawo F.,Knowtion UG Haftungsbeschrankt | Kempkens E.,Federal Highway Research Institute BASt
IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems | Year: 2017

At present, bridge maintenance management typically consists of regular visual building inspections. Structural damage frequently remains undiscovered until it becomes clearly visible, a situation which makes little economic sense. However, it is often the case that damage and critical reactions to a bridges internal structure occur in inaccessible and concealed places, and are caused by existing but often unknown effects on the construction. Existing as well as newly-constructed bridges should therefore be able to provide information about their condition and it's development at an early stage in addition to the building inspections. To achieve this, flexible and adaptable modular systems are required in and on the bridge structures to provide measurement-technology support, together with differentiated evaluation procedures and a correspondingly enlarged maintenance management program. The instrumentation required must consist of capable and durable sensor technology to register effects on the structures and the reactions of individual structural elements; on the other hand smart measurement data processing must also be in place to ensure the plausibility, fusion, interpolation and reduction of sensor data streams in situ. This article summarises the approaches and prospects of implementing a high-performance sensor data analysis and monitoring concept which has been examined in the context of current research with a focus on practical aspects of monitoring bridge structures. The discussion in this contribution focuses on model-based analysis techniques with regard to areas of application and input-to-benefit-ratios. The findings of this research are of general interest and therefore transferable to other areas of infrastructure maintenance management. © 2016 IEEE.

Gelau C.,Federal Highway Research Institute BASt | Sirek J.,University of Regensburg | Dahmen-Zimmer K.,University of Regensburg
Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour | Year: 2011

In countries with right lane traffic left-turn manoeuvres at intersections are known to be particularly critical for elderly drivers. It has been suggested that the implementation and use of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) might offer a solution to compensate for age-related weaknesses in driving-related skills. In the present paper an experiment is reported which explored the effects of time pressure on the performance of left-turn manoeuvres supported by an ADAS function ('time gap assistant'). The study was performed in a fixed-base driving simulator with 20 younger (22-37) and 21 elderly drivers (60-84) who were observed when negotiating left-turn manoeuvres on rural roads with and without the assistance function active. Subjects performed the task once under conditions of time pressure once without. Results indicate that both age groups used the assistance function to perform the left-turn manoeuvres with shorter time gaps. Under conditions of time pressure this effect was more pronounced, and the effects of time pressure were stronger for the elderly. However, there were only weak indications for a specific benefit of the assistance function for the elderly. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Will S.,Robert Bosch GmbH | Schmidt E.A.,Federal Highway Research Institute BASt
IET Intelligent Transport Systems | Year: 2015

A riding simulator study (n = 14) was conducted in order to test the sensitivity of performance measures, subjective ratings as well as physiological measures in controlled variations of rider workload. In a second study (n = 15), these parameters were used in order to assess the effects of different secondary tasks. The task of operating an on-bike information system led to the highest workload, for example, indicated by deteriorated lane keeping and higher subjective ratings compared with a simple visual, an auditory and no secondary task at all. The third study (n = 18) focused on the effects of eyes-off road while riding using the method of occlusion. This revealed that the participants felt safe to black out the scenery quite often and long. Periods of occlusion were related to a higher mean velocity and a tendency to ride more on the left side of the lane compared with riding with enabled projection. © The Institution of Engineering and Technology 2015.

Bartolomaeus W.,Federal Highway Research Institute BASt
ICSV 2016 - 23rd International Congress on Sound and Vibration: From Ancient to Modern Acoustics | Year: 2016

Spectral data of vehicle emission are available from single pass-by measurements according to the Statistical Pass-by Method, SPB, for all surface types used in Germany. These data can be used as input data for a method to convert emission data into the format of annex F-4 of CNOSSOS-EU. In a first step these input data has to smooth out. Therefore a linear regression analysis for all single pass-by levels with speed will be performed. The CNOSSOS-EU emission model is limited to frequencies from 63 Hz to 8 kHz but our spectral data cover a range from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. There are several methods to solve this problem. The emission model of CNOSSOS-EU has two parts of sound energy, the rolling noise part and the propulsion noise part. But from SPB-measurements we obtain both parts together. For dens non absorbing road surfaces there are nine free parameters for fitting the data into the rolling noise part of the CNOSSOS-EU emission model: one parameter for the overall level and eight parameters for the slope in each of the octave bands used in CNOSSOS-EU. For absorbing surfaces eight of the parameters are also used for the spectral absorption coefficients in the propulsion noise model. The idea is to make use of a multidimensional fitting procedure for all parameters to obtain the best possible approximation to the emission curve for the given surface typ. The method will be explained in detail. So it can be used whenever SPB-data are available. The parameters for two German surface types will be presented.

Schulze H.,Federal Highway Research Institute BASt | Kossmann I.,Federal Highway Research Institute BASt
Safety Science | Year: 2010

Mobility is a matter of great importance in daily life: However, it also causes costs and involves accident risks. To make mobility safer and reduce accident risks, a scientifically based road safety management is needed. Within such a safety management system, a concert of adequate and efficient strategies, tools and measures is developed and implemented. To ensure that the chosen means are efficient they should be derived from research evidence. Secondly, research is also needed to regularly monitor the impact of road safety management tools, serving as a " controlling instrument" for the appropriateness of safety management efforts. This article explains the main strategic aspects of safety management in Germany and illustrates it exemplarily on the basis of two recently implemented road safety measures. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Tzanakos K.,Technical University of Crete | Mimilidou A.,Technical University of Crete | Anastasiadou K.,Federal Highway Research Institute BASt | Stratakis A.,Technical University of Crete | Gidarakos E.,Technical University of Crete
Waste Management | Year: 2014

In the present work, bottom and fly ash, generated from incinerated medical waste, was used as a raw material for the production of geopolymers. The stabilization (S/S) process studied in this paper has been evaluated by means of the leaching and mechanical properties of the S/S solids obtained. Hospital waste ash, sodium hydroxide, sodium silicate solution and metakaolin were mixed. Geopolymers were cured at 50. °C for 24. h. After a certain aging time of 7 and 28. days, the strength of the geopolymer specimens, the leachability of heavy metals and the mineralogical phase of the produced geopolymers were studied. The effects of the additions of fly ash and calcium compounds were also investigated. The results showed that hospital waste ash can be utilized as source material for the production of geopolymers. The addition of fly ash and calcium compounds considerably improves the strength of the geopolymer specimens (2-8. MPa). Finally, the solidified matrices indicated that geopolymerization process is able to reduce the amount of the heavy metals found in the leachate of the hospital waste ash. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Huth V.,University of Lyon | Gelau C.,Federal Highway Research Institute BASt
Accident Analysis and Prevention | Year: 2013

The strong prevalence of human error as a crash causation factor in motorcycle accidents calls for countermeasures that help tackling this issue. Advanced rider assistance systems pursue this goal, providing the riders with support and thus contributing to the prevention of crashes. However, the systems can only enhance riding safety if the riders use them. For this reason, acceptance is a decisive aspect to be considered in the development process of such systems. In order to be able to improve behavioural acceptance, the factors that influence the intention to use the system need to be identified. This paper examines the particularities of motorcycle riding and the characteristics of this user group that should be considered when predicting the acceptance of advanced rider assistance systems. Founded on theories predicting behavioural intention, the acceptance of technologies and the acceptance of driver support systems, a model on the acceptance of advanced rider assistance systems is proposed, including the perceived safety when riding without support, the interface design and the social norm as determinants of the usage intention. Since actual usage cannot be measured in the development stage of the systems, the willingness to have the system installed on the own motorcycle and the willingness to pay for the system are analyzed, constituting relevant conditions that allow for actual usage at a later stage. Its validation with the results from user tests on four advanced rider assistance systems allows confirming the social norm and the interface design as powerful predictors of the acceptance of ARAS, while the extent of perceived safety when riding without support did not have any predictive value in the present study. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Holst R.,Federal Highway Research Institute BASt
Life-Cycle and Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure Systems - Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, IALCCE 2012 | Year: 2012

The German BMS is designed to optimize both at the network level, as well as at the object level. The network layer will mainly be used for budget planning. The object level allows the calculation and presentation of different maintenance strategies and their impact on direct and indirect costs. In the BMS bridges, which show damages, are considered for optimization. The implemented algorithms allow considering a bridge from the beginning of its life time. Using these algorithms and deposited catalogues it's possible to calculate for different strategies life cycle considerations also for decades. Thus the road authorities' get a basis for decisions for the choice of preservation strategy and where the bridge was not built for the planning and erection phase of the bridge.

Holst R.,Federal Highway Research Institute BASt
Bridge Maintenance, Safety, Management, Resilience and Sustainability - Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management | Year: 2012

For the area of federal highways in Germany a bridge-management-system (BMS) is developed. Since July 2011, the program modules are available for internal testing applications. This BMS-system is based on object-related data from the program "SIB-Bauwerke". This paper presents the BMS and initial results. © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group.

Aljazzar T.,Federal Highway Research Institute BASt | Al-Qinna M.,Hashemite University
Environmental Science and Pollution Research | Year: 2016

This study aimed to better understand nitrate transport in the soil system in a part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, in Germany, and to aid in the development of groundwater protection plans. An advection-diffusion (AD) cell was used in a miscible displacement experiment setup to characterize nitrate transport in 12 different soil samples from the study area. The three nitrate sorption isotherms were tested to define the exact nitrate interaction with the soil matrix. Soils varied in their properties which in its turn explain the variations in nitrate transport rates. Soil texture and organic matter content showed to have the most important effect on nitrate recovery and retardation. The miscible displacement experiment indicated a decrease in retardation by increasing sand fraction, and an increase in retardation by increasing soil organic matter content. Soil samples with high sand fractions (up to 94 %) exhibited low nitrate sorption capacity of less than 10 %, while soils with high organic matter content showed higher sorption of about 30 %. Based on parameterization for nitrate transport equation, the pore water velocity for both sandy and loamy soils were significantly different (P < 0.001). Pore water velocity in sandy soil (about 4 × 10−3 m/s) was about 100 to 1000 larger than in loamy soils (8.7 × 10−5 m/s). On the other hand, the reduction in nitrate transport in soils associated with high organic matter was due to fine pore pathways clogged by fine organic colloids. It is expected that the existing micro-phobicity increased the nitrate recovery from 9 to 32 % resulting in maximum diffusion rates of about 3.5 × 10−5 m/s2 in sandy soils (sample number CS-04) and about 1.4 × 10−7 m/s2 in silt loam soils (sample number FS-02). © 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

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