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Bridge Thermal Dilation Monitoring With Millimeter Sensitivity via Multidimensional SAR Imaging

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3 Author(s)
Gianfranco Fornaro ; Institute for the Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA), National Research Council (CNR), Napoli, Italy ; Diego Reale ; Simona Verde

The new generation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors is providing images with very high spatial resolution, improved up to the meter scale. Such a resolution increase allows more accurate monitoring capabilities by means of interferometric approaches. The use of higher frequency enhances the sensitivity of the system even to minute changes, such as thermal dilations. This phenomenon has an impact on the interferometric products, particularly on the deformation velocity maps, if not properly handled. Man-made structures, such as steel core bridges and specific buildings, may be very sensible to thermal dilation effects. By extending the multitemporal differential interferometry SAR processing chains, in our case based on the multidimensional imaging (MDI) approach, an additional parameter related to temperature differences at acquisition instants, the thermal coefficient, can be accurately estimated. This parameter provides interesting perspectives in application to infrastructure monitoring: It brings information about the thermal behavior of the imaged objects. In this letter, we investigate the thermal response of the Musmeci bridge (Potenza, Italy), by experimenting the extended MDI approach on a real TerraSAR-X data set. Results highlight the possibility of such a technique to obtain measurements of the motion that is highly correlated with temperature, thus providing useful information about the static structure of bridges.

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IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 4 )