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Structural monitoring of composite marine piles using fiber optic sensors
Author(s): Christopher S. Baldwin; Toni Poloso; Peter C. Chen; John B. Niemczuk; Jason S. Kiddy; Carl Ealy
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses structural health monitoring data obtained using an optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor system consisting of sensors embedded in the filament-wound composite marine pile. A composite marine pile is a tube containing a cement core that is used to support bridges, piers, and other structures. This system has applications for structural health monitoring of these structures. This paper presents the results of tests that retrofit two existing composite piles with 30 Bragg grating sensors. Each pile was retrofitted with three arrays, two arrays consisting of 6 gratings and one consisting of 3 gratings for strain and temperature measurements, respectively. Grooves were cut in the piles to allow for adhesive installation of the sensor arrays, and fiberglass cloth tape was laminated over the arrays to protect the optical fiber during the pile driving process. Data were collected prior to and during the pile driving process using a commercial off-the-shelf FBG interrogation system. The purposes of these tests were to (1) determine the survivability of the sensor arrays during the pile driving process, (2) measure residual strains on the filament wound composite tube following the pile driving process, and (3) determine whether structural integrity issues are observed from the strain data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4330, Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways, (30 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.434149
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Christopher S. Baldwin, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (United States)
Toni Poloso, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (United States)
Peter C. Chen, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (United States)
John B. Niemczuk, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (United States)
Jason S. Kiddy, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (United States)
Carl Ealy, Federal Highway Administration (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4330:
Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways
S.-C. Liu, Editor(s)

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