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Fabry-Perot sensors for the monitoring of FRP reinforced bridge decks
Author(s): Brahim Benmokrane; Marco Quirion; Ehab El-Salakawy; Ahmed S. Debaiky; Tom Lackey
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Paper Abstract

The extensive use of deicing salts in Canada during winter times is identified as the main reason behind the deterioration of highway bridges and parking garages. To fight this infrastructure crisis, Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) has become a very attractive alternative to traditional reinforcing steel due to their non-corrosive nature and light weight. The replacement of steel with Glass FRP bars in bridge deck slabs has been extensively researched in the last few years. This paper presents the first efforts to implement these bars in two highway bridges in Quebec, Canada, and Vermont, USA. These projects are aimed to prove the feasibility of using GFRP bars in bridge construction. GFRP bars were used as reinforcement for parts of the deck slabs in the two bridges while traditional steel was used in the remaining parts. Fibre Optic Sensors (FOS) were used to measure strains in the concrete, reinforcing bars and steel girders. The sensors were surface mounted on the bars or steel girders using standard glue, or embedded in concrete. Static and dynamic testing of the bridges was done using loaded trucks placed for maximum stresses. The design, construction, testing, and results obtained from the bridges are briefly outlined in this paper. The results indicated the accuracy of the sensors and their feasibility for bridge construction and remote monitoring.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5393, Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring of Aerospace Materials and Composites III, (20 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.548600
Show Author Affiliations
Brahim Benmokrane, ISIS Canada (Canada)
Univ. of Sherbrooke (Canada)
Marco Quirion, Roctest Ltd. (Canada)
Ehab El-Salakawy, ISIS Canada (Canada)
Univ. of Sherbrooke (Canada)
Ahmed S. Debaiky, ISIS Canada (Canada)
Univ. of Sherbrooke (Canada)
Tom Lackey, Vermont Transportation Agency (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5393:
Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring of Aerospace Materials and Composites III
Peter J. Shull; Andrew L. Gyekenyesi, Editor(s)

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