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Commissioning and Evaluation of a Fiber-Optic Sensor System for Bridge Monitoring

Scott, R.H., Banerji, P., Chikermane, S. , Srinivasan, S., Basheer, P.A.M., Surre, F., Sun, T. & Grattan, K. T. V. (2013). Commissioning and Evaluation of a Fiber-Optic Sensor System for Bridge Monitoring. IEEE Sensors Journal, 13(7), pp. 2555-2562. doi: 10.1109/jsen.2013.2256599


This paper describes the design, commissioning, and evaluation of a fiber-optic strain sensor system for the structural health monitoring of a prestressed concrete posttensioned box girder railway bridge in Mumbai, India, which shows a number of well-documented structural problems. Preliminary laboratory trials to design the most appropriate sensor system that could be readily transported and used on site are described, followed by a description of load tests on the actual bridge undertaken in collaboration with Indian Railways and using locomotives of known weight. Results from the load tests using the optical system are compared with similar results obtained using electrical resistance strain gages. Conclusions are summarized concerning the integrity of the structure and for the future use of the sensor system for monitoring bridges of this type. Crack width measurements obtained during the load tests are also described.

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Publisher Keywords: Fiber-optic strain sensors, load tests, railway bridges, structural health monitoring
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Departments: School of Science & Technology
School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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