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Full-scale laboratory validation of a wireless MEMS-based technology for damage assessment of concrete structures
Author(s): Davide Trapani; Daniele Zonta; Marco Molinari; Angelos Amditis; Matthaios Bimpas; Nicolas Bertsch; Vincent Spiering; Juan Santana; Tom Sterken; Tom Torfs; Dimitris Bairaktaris; Manos Bairaktaris; Stefanos Camarinopulos; Mata Frondistou-Yannas; Dumitru Ulieru
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Paper Abstract

This paper illustrates an experimental campaign conducted under laboratory conditions on a full-scale reinforced concrete three-dimensional frame instrumented with wireless sensors developed within the Memscon project. In particular it describes the assumptions which the experimental campaign was based on, the design of the structure, the laboratory setup and the results of the tests. The aim of the campaign was to validate the performance of Memscon sensing systems, consisting of wireless accelerometers and strain sensors, on a real concrete structure during construction and under an actual earthquake. Another aspect of interest was to assess the effectiveness of the full damage recognition procedure based on the data recorded by the sensors and the reliability of the Decision Support System (DSS) developed in order to provide the stakeholders recommendations for building rehabilitation and the costs of this. With these ends, a Eurocode 8 spectrum-compatible accelerogram with increasing amplitude was applied at the top of an instrumented concrete frame built in the laboratory. MEMSCON sensors were directly compared with wired instruments, based on devices available on the market and taken as references, during both construction and seismic simulation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 2012
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 8345, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012, 83454L (6 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.917621
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Davide Trapani, Univ. of Trento (Italy)
Daniele Zonta, Univ. of Trento (Italy)
Marco Molinari, Univ. of Trento (Italy)
Angelos Amditis, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Greece)
Matthaios Bimpas, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (Greece)
Nicolas Bertsch, Memscap SA (France)
Vincent Spiering, C2V (Netherlands)
Juan Santana, IMEC-NL (Netherlands)
Tom Sterken, IMEC Belgium (Belgium)
Tom Torfs, IMEC Belgium (Belgium)
Dimitris Bairaktaris, D. Bairaktaris and Associates Ltd, (Greece)
Manos Bairaktaris, D. Bairaktaris and Associates Ltd, (Greece)
Stefanos Camarinopulos, RISA Sicherheitsanalysen GmbH (Germany)
Mata Frondistou-Yannas, RISA Sicherheitsanalysen GmbH (Germany)
Dumitru Ulieru, SITEX 45 SRL (Romania)


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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