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Monitoring of stress distribution along a ground anchor using BOTDA
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Paper Abstract

For the understanding of the bearing behavior of a loaded ground anchor, the measuring and monitoring of the stress distribution in the anchor tendon is essential. This paper proposes a novel monitoring ground anchor using embedded optical fibers for the continuous strain assessment along the anchor tendon. In a first step, optical sensors have been integrated into short tendons using different methods and laboratory strain testing was performed on these instrumented tendons. The evaluation of the laboratory testing enabled the design and development of an 8m long monitoring ground anchor for field application. In 2009, this anchor has been placed into a wall supporting an excavation pit and subsequently, anchor pullout test was carried out. The anchor was loaded stepwise up to 470kN, almost reaching its ultimate bearing capacity. Optical measurements were taken successfully at each load step. Comparison of the optical data with data acquired using conventional methods indicated good consistency of the results. To a geotechnical engineer, this proposed monitoring anchor provides a powerful tool for the measuring of the pullout load, the anchor head displacement and the load distribution in the anchor tendon.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2010
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7647, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2010, 76472J (1 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847499
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Michael Iten, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
Alexander M. Puzrin, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7647:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2010
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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