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Distributed fiber optic sensors for monitoring reinforced concrete piles using Brillouin scattering
Author(s): N. de Battista; C. Kechavarzi; K. Soga
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we report on advances made in the installation and use of distributed fiber optic sensors to monitor reinforced concrete piles subjected to static load tests. Eight concrete test piles, at three construction sites in London, have recently been instrumented with embedded DFOS. The Brillouin optical time domain reflectometry (BOTDR) technique was used to measure the changes in internal strain and temperature of the piles, during concrete curing and during load testing. These data were used to assess the quality of the pile and derive the load capacity parameters to be used in the foundation design of tall buildings which are to be erected on these sites. The measurements obtained from the DFOS system agreed well with the measurements taken simultaneously using conventional point sensors embedded in the piles. Whereas the conventional sensors only provided measurements at a small number of locations within the piles, the DFOS system made it possible to record the complete strain / temperature profiles along the length of the piles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 2016
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 9916, Sixth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors, 99160U (30 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2236633
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N. de Battista, Cambridge Univ. (United Kingdom)
C. Kechavarzi, Cambridge Univ. (United Kingdom)
K. Soga, Cambridge Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9916:
Sixth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors
Elfed Lewis, Editor(s)

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