14 December 2004 Growing market acceptance for fiber optic solutions in civil structures
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Proceedings Volume 5589, Fiber Optic Sensor Technology and Applications III; (2004) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.580455
Event: Optics East, 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Owners must manage and ensure the safety of their civil structures even as use of many structures extends well beyond their design lifetime. Traditionally, most structures rely on strict maintenance procedures, visual inspections, and very few sensors. But maintenance is very expensive, visual inspections can miss critical problems, and conventional sensors can fail in harsh environments. Can fiber-optic sensing (FOS) address these issues? This is not a new question, but there are some new answers. This paper highlights several structures where FOS is used, and describes the associated successes and challenges for each application. Many successes are coupled to improved FOS tools: better sensor packages, simpler and less expensive instrumentation, improved installation techniques, and more efficient data analysis tools. Examples of each are provided. Particular attention is given to the economics of instrumenting civil structures - when and how it pays. Conclusions include recommendations for future developments that will further accelerate FOS acceptance and use.
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Thomas Graver, Thomas Graver, Daniele Inaudi, Daniele Inaudi, Justin Doornink, Justin Doornink, "Growing market acceptance for fiber optic solutions in civil structures", Proc. SPIE 5589, Fiber Optic Sensor Technology and Applications III, (14 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.580455; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.580455

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