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Measures for identifying cracks within reinforced concrete beams using BOTDR
Author(s): Assaf Klar; Yiska Goldfeld; Ziv Charas
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Paper Abstract

BOTDR is one of the strain measurement technologies that is suitable for smart monitoring of civil engineering infrastructures. While the technology has the advantage of supplying spatially distributed data, it is currently limited to a spatial resolution of about 1m. This infers that the technology may lack the ability to identify the exact type and source of damage; that is, different geometrical configurations of cracking within a concrete beam may lead to similar BOTDR readings, and hence the exact nature of cracking might not be resolved by the BOTDR. This study suggests different crack indicators, and examines, both analytically and experimentally, their correlation with BOTDR readings of damaged reinforced concrete beams. The analytical part entails statistical analysis of hundreds of cracking cases in fractured reinforced concrete beams and their effect on the simulated BOTDR readings. The analysis is conducted within COMSOL-Multiphysics, and is aimed to understand the correlation between different crack indicators and the beam curvature as would be obtained by the BOTDR. The experimental part consists of a controlled load test of a reinforced beam instrumented by BOTDR fibers, and is aimed to support the analytical findings.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 March 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7647, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2010, 76472I (31 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.848578
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Assaf Klar, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
Yiska Goldfeld, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
Ziv Charas, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)


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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