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Seven-year-long crack detection monitoring by Brillouin-based fiber optic strain sensor
Author(s): Michio Imai
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Paper Abstract

As an optical fiber is able to act as a sensing medium, a Brillouin-based sensor provides continuous strain information along an optical fiber. The sensor has been used in a wide range of civil engineering applications because no other tool can satisfactorily detect discontinuity such as a crack. Cracking generates a local strain change on the embedded optical fiber, thus Brillouin optical correlation domain analysis (BOCDA), which offers a high spatial resolution by stimulated Brillouin scattering, is expected to detect a fine crack on concrete structures. The author installed the surface-mounted optical fiber on a concrete deck and periodically monitored strain distribution for seven years. This paper demonstrates how a BOCDA-based strain sensor can be employed to monitor cracks in a concrete surface. Additionally, focusing on another advantage of the sensor, the natural frequency of the deck is successfully measured by dynamic strain history.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9435, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2015, 94351Y (27 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2084170
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Michio Imai, Kajima Technical Research Institute (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9435:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2015
Jerome P. Lynch, Editor(s)

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