Quasi-self-powered infrastructural internet of things: The mackinac bridge case study

Kenji Aono, Hassene Hasni, Owen Pochettino, Nizar Lajnef, Shantanu Chakrabartty

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Autonomous, continuous and long-term monitoring systems are required to prognosticate failures in civil infrastructures due to material fatigue or extreme events like earthquakes. While current battery-powered wireless sensors can evaluate the condition of the structure at a given instant of time, they require frequent replacement of batteries due to the need for continuous or frequent sampling. On the other hand, self-powered sensors can continuously monitor the structural condition without the need for any maintenance; however, the scarcity of harvested power limits the range at which the sensors could be wirelessly interrogated. In this paper, we propose a quasi-self-powered sensor that combines the beneits of self-powered sensing and with the beneits of battery-powered wireless transmission. By optimizing both of the functionalities, a complete sensor system can be designed that can continuously operate between the structureŠs maintenance life-cycles and can be wirelessly interrogated at distances that obviates the need for taking the structure out-of-service. As a case study, in this paper we present the design considerations involved in prototyping quasi-self-powered sensors for deployment on the Mackinac Bridge in Northern Michigan, with a target operational life span greater than 20 years.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGLSVLSI 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450357241
StatePublished - May 30 2018
Event28th Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI, GLSVLSI 2018 - Chicago, United States
Duration: May 23 2018May 25 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI, GLSVLSI


Conference28th Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI, GLSVLSI 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Infrastructural internet of things
  • Piezo-floating-gate sensor
  • Quasi-self-powered
  • Structural health monitoring


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