Research: Working under Assistant Professor, Tracy Becker, Bryanna is developing a new electrical test to monitor the performance of elastomeric bridge bearings. Testing could help determine the life expectancy of bearings, saving industries hundreds of thousands in repairing damages. Bridge bearings support bridges while allowing some movement of the bridge due to thermal expansion and contraction. Elastomeric bearings are made of alternating steel and rubber layers. The rubber provides the horizontal flexibility for expansion and contraction of the bridge and the steel allows the bearing to hold higher loads.
Why her research matters: “The life expectancy of elastomeric bridge bearings is currently unknown,” explained Noade. “Being able to test a bearing to see if it is not performing well from damage will help us better understand bearing replacement schedules and plan maintenance budgets more effectively.” Visual inspection is the only inspection method currently required for elastomeric bridge bearings. Using a capacitor, Noade hopes her test will provide a measurable value to indicate whether a bearing is healthy or damaged.
A passion for bridges: “I am extremely passionate about bridges. I think they’re just the coolest, most complex structures. So my future career goal would be to work in the bridge industry. I don’t really know what company I would like to work for yet. I’m very open on that.”
Moving from the city of trees to steel town: Bryanna was born and raised on the outskirts of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She moved to Fredericton to complete her undergraduate degree in civil engineering at the University of New Brunswick. With the friendly reputation of people living on the east coast, Bryanna wasn’t sure if the people of Hamilton could compete. But, her colleagues immediately made her feel right at home. “The people here are just as nice as at home and I really appreciated that because it was my first time really picking up and moving really far from home. I felt very welcomed by all the students and staff.”
An engrained determination to succeed: “So growing up, my parents encouraged me to always do the best job possible, whether I was mowing the lawn or working on a school project. So this mentality was kind of engrained in me. At this stage in my life, you can’t really take anything for granted. I give 110% to every job or project I’m working on. This makes a good impression on my references which will help when I’m looking for a job in a year’s time.”
“The people here are just as nice as at home and I really appreciated that because it was my first time really picking up and moving really far from home. I felt very welcomed by all the students and staff.”