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An interferometric radar for displacement measurement and its application in civil engineering structures
Author(s): D. Su; T. Nagayama; Z. Sun; Y. Fujino
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Paper Abstract

Recent progress in radar techniques and systems has led to the development of a microwave interferometer, potentially suitable for non-contact displacement monitoring of civil engineering structures. This paper describes a new interferometric radar system, named IBIS-S, which is possible to measure the static or dynamic displacement at multiple points of structures simultaneously with high accuracy. In this paper, the technical characteristics and specification of the radar system is described. Subsequently, the actual displacement sensitivity of the equipment is illustrated using the laboratory tests with random motion upon a shake table. Finally the applications of the radar system to the measurement on a cable-stayed bridge and a prestressed concrete bridge are presented and discussed. Results show that the new system is an accurate and effective method to measure displacements of multiple targets of structures. It should be noted that the current system can only measure the vibration of the target position along the sensor's line of sight. Hence, proper caution should be taken when designing the sensor posture and prior knowledge of the direction of motion is necessary.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8345, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012, 834521 (3 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.917292
Show Author Affiliations
D. Su, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
T. Nagayama, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Z. Sun, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Y. Fujino, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)


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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