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Intelligent FRP retrofits for critical civil infrastructures
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, the concept, modeling and preliminary testing of an intelligent FRP retrofit with self-monitoring capabilities for critical civil infrastructures are presented. This intelligent system is based on an easy-to-apply configuration of FRP pre-preg tapes with multiple stacked unidirectional layers of piezoelectric or SMA actuators and integrated optical fiber sensors. This intelligent retrofit will be able to not only monitor conditions including bonding of the FRP to the structure and opening of concrete cracks, but also minimize the crack opening and retard the progression of further FRP debonding. Towards this end, a computationally efficient two-dimensional shear stress-transfer model based on a simplified shear lag analysis is developed, with consideration of the fact that the stress transfer between the FRP, actuator and sensor layers in the intelligent system is complex. The effectiveness of this model is demonstrated through one numerical benchmark problem and one typical FRP configuration, with comparison of each to full threedimensional finite element models. The agreement between the two formulations is shown to be further improved by adjustment of the assumed shape functions. A preliminary experiment is also presented in which pre-fabricated optical fiber ribbons are embedded into the FRP strengthening of a full-scale concrete beam. Results from static loading test of the FRP strengthened beam show the feasibility of this technique for the self-monitoring FRP retrofits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6530, Sensor Systems and Networks: Phenomena, Technology, and Applications for NDE and Health Monitoring 2007, 65300X (30 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.715388
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Guoliang Jiang, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Kara Peters, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6530:
Sensor Systems and Networks: Phenomena, Technology, and Applications for NDE and Health Monitoring 2007
Kara J. Peters, Editor(s)

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