College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Iowa State engineers load new Iowa Falls bridge with damage-detection gauges

Iowa State University engineers are working with the Iowa Department of Transportation to develop and test a comprehensive monitoring system on the new bridge near downtown Iowa Falls. The system will take continuous, real-time measurements of corrosion, strain, surface conditions, moisture within the bridge’s steel arch and structure movements over time.

Brent Phares, interim director of Iowa State’s Bridge Engineering Center and adjunct professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering, plays a major role in the project.

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