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Research and development of plastic optical fiber based smart transparent concrete
Author(s): Zhi Zhou; Ge Ou; Ying Hang; Genda Chen; Jinping Ou
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Paper Abstract

Energy saving and safety evaluation are two key issues for infrastructure. In this paper, the development of a novel smart transparent concrete using plastic optical fiber (POF) and Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) is discussed, along with its transparent and smart sensing properties. The experimental results show that an optical fiber can be easily combined with concrete and that the POF could provide a steady light transmitting ratio. Moreover, the FBG can be used as a sensing element for strain and temperature. This paper also discusses the mechanical effects of introducing POF into concrete specimens. Because the smart transparent concrete can be regarded as a "green" energy saving construction material and as a smart intrinsic sensor for long-term Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), it is a promising technology for field applications in civil infrastructure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 April 2009
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7293, Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems 2009, 72930F (7 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.816638
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Zhi Zhou, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)
Ge Ou, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Ying Hang, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)
Genda Chen, Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)
Jinping Ou, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7293:
Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems 2009
Norbert G. Meyendorf; Kara J. Peters; Wolfgang Ecke, Editor(s)

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