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Structure-integrated fiber-optic sensors for reliable static and dynamic analysis of concrete foundation piless
Author(s): Matthias Schallert; Detlef Hofmann; Wolfgang R. Habel; Joachim Stahlmann
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Paper Abstract

Assessment of ultimate bearing capacity and bearing behavior of large concrete piles in existing foundations or during and after installation remains a difficult task. A common and widespread test method is high-strain dynamic load testing using the one dimensional theory of wave propagation to calculate bearing capacity. Another method of quality insurance based on this theory is low-strain dynamic pile integrity testing. Both testing methods use sensors attached onto or near the pile head. In order to get more precise information about the pile response over whose length, highly resolving fiber optic sensors based on Fabry-Perot technology have been developed for integration into concrete piles at several levels. Motivation is the monitoring of pile deformations during dynamic low-strain, high-strain and static load testing with only one measuring device. First small scale piles have been tested in model tests. All signal responses from integrated sensors have been recorded and compared to signals obtained from common methods of instrumentation. The paper describes the sensing principle, sensor head installation as well as test results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 2007
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6530, Sensor Systems and Networks: Phenomena, Technology, and Applications for NDE and Health Monitoring 2007, 65300D (10 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.715620
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Matthias Schallert, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Germany)
Technical Univ. of Braunschweig (Germany)
Detlef Hofmann, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Germany)
Wolfgang R. Habel, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Germany)
Joachim Stahlmann, Technical Univ. of Braunschweig (Germany)


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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