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Fiber Optic Strain Monitoring for Long-Term Evaluation of a Concrete Footbridge Under Extended Test Conditions

Surre, F., Sun, T. & Grattan, K. T. V. (2013). Fiber Optic Strain Monitoring for Long-Term Evaluation of a Concrete Footbridge Under Extended Test Conditions. IEEE Sensors Journal, 13(3), pp. 1036-1043. doi: 10.1109/jsen.2012.2234736


An optical fiber sensor system that can be installed and used to give reliable and informative data has been developed, tested and evaluated, over an extended period of two years, on a redundant 50 year-old concrete foot bridge whose conditions of use were well known. The bridge now serves as an operational test-bed as it has been taken out of service, and recently has been subjected to different known environmental and loading conditions. Thus in this work, specific and controlled damage has been induced, the effects monitored and thus the changes induced to the bridge have been recorded, using the optical fiber sensor system over the test period. During this two year survey, issues relating to the installation, use, data capture and evaluation of performance not available in the present literature have been identified and addressed giving valuable information for the longer-term evaluation on the installation and use of optical sensors to assess better such concrete structures.

Publication Type: Article
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Publisher Keywords: Fiber Bragg grating, Optical fiber sensors, Strain sensors, Structural health monitoring
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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