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Stress distribution monitoring of ground anchor using optical fiber-embedded strand
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents our recent application of Brillouin-based optical fiber sensors for geotechnical monitoring. We embed an optical fiber into a prestressing steel strand (hereafter ‘strand’) during the manufacturing process, where the epoxy-coated strand is fully integrated with the optical fiber without sacrificing long-life durability. We install the strand to prestressed ground anchors for the stabilization of steep slopes. The experimental results indicate that the sensorembedded strand can detect changes in the loaded force on the anchor and can determine the cause of such changes. As a field application, we insert the single strand into a drilling hole and grout it to the anchor. After setting a hydraulic jack, we remove the epoxy coating at the end of the strand and pull out the embedded optical fiber. Then, an optical connector is attached using a fusion splicer for connecting an optical measurement instrument. The strain distribution along the anchor is measured during load testing and after anchoring. As a result, the stress distribution along the anchor is accurately measured in situ during construction and thus, these sensors have the potential to monitor soil conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10970, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2019, 109701J (27 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2514201
Show Author Affiliations
Michio Imai, Kajima Technical Research Institute (Japan)
Kazumasa Okubo, Kajima Technical Research Institute (Japan)
Naoki Sogabe, Kajima Technical Research Institute (Japan)
Hayato Tobe, Kajima Technical Research Institute (Japan)
Masashi Oikawa, Sumitomo (SEI) Steel Wire Corp. (Japan)
Shinji Nakaue, Sumitomo (SEI) Steel Wire Corp. (Japan)
Michihiro Hayakawa, SE Corp. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10970:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2019
Jerome P. Lynch; Haiying Huang; Hoon Sohn; Kon-Well Wang, Editor(s)

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