13 September 1994 Bragg grating fiber optic sensing for bridges and other structures
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Proceedings Volume 2361, Second European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials; (1994) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.184816
Event: Smart Structures and Materials: Second European Conference, 1994, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Abstract
We have demonstrated that fiber optic intracore Bragg grating sensors are able to measure the strain relief experienced over an extended period of time by both steel and carbon composite tendons within the concrete deck support girders of a recently constructed two span highway bridge. This is the first bridge in the world to test the prospects of using carbon fiber composite tendons to replace steel tendons. This unique set of measurements was accomplished with an array of 15 Bragg grating fiber optic sensors that were embedded within the precast concrete girders during their construction. We have also demonstrated that these same sensors can measure the change in the internal strain within the girders associated with both static and dynamic loading of the bridge with a truck. We are now studying the ability of Bragg grating fiber optic sensors to measure strong strain gradients and thereby provide a warning of debonding of any Bragg grating sensor from its host structure...one of the most important failure modes for any fiber optic strain sensor.
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Raymond M. Measures, Raymond M. Measures, A. Tino Alavie, A. Tino Alavie, Robert Maaskant, Robert Maaskant, Shang Yuan Huang, Shang Yuan Huang, Michel LeBlanc, Michel LeBlanc, } "Bragg grating fiber optic sensing for bridges and other structures", Proc. SPIE 2361, Second European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials, (13 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184816; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.184816
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