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Miniature fiber optic temperature sensor for concrete structural health monitoring
Author(s): Xiaotian Zou; Alice Chao; Nan Wu; Ye Tian; Tzu-Yang Yu; Xingwei Wang
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a miniature fiber optic temperature sensor and its application in concrete structural health monitoring. The temperature sensor is based on Fabry-Perot (FP) principle. The endface of the fiber was wet etched. A piece of borosilicate glass was thermally deposited into the cavity on the etched endface to form an FP cavity. Temperature calibration experiments were performed. A sensor with 30 μm microcavity length was demonstrated to have a sensitivity of 0.006 nm/°C and linearity coefficient of 0.99. During the early-age of concreting, the sensor was embedded in the concrete structure to monitor the temperature change caused by the exothermic chemical reaction between the cement and water. The dramatically increased temperature inside the structure was directly related to its future structural health. During the concrete hydration experiment, the measured peak temperature of concrete specimens was 59.7 °C 12.5 hour after concrete casting.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 2012
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 8345, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012, 83454V (6 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915265
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Xiaotian Zou, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Alice Chao, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Nan Wu, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Ye Tian, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Tzu-Yang Yu, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Xingwei Wang, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8345:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012
Masayoshi Tomizuka; Chung-Bang Yun; Jerome P. Lynch, Editor(s)

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