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Distributed fiber optic strain sensing to detect artificial pitting corrosion in stirrups
Author(s): Jiachen Zhang; Vinutha Kancharla; Neil A. Hoult
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Paper Abstract

Pitting corrosion is difficult to identify through visual inspection and can lead to sudden structural failures. As such, an experimental study was undertaken to investigate whether distributed fiber optic strain sensors are capable of detecting the locations and strain changes associated with stirrup corrosion in reinforced concrete beams. In comparison to conventional strain gauges, this type of sensor can measure the strain response along the entire length of the fiber optic cable. Two specimens were tested: a control and a deteriorated beam. The deteriorated beam was artificially corroded by reducing the cross sectional area of the closed stirrups by 50% on both sides of the stirrup at the mid-height. This level of area reduction represents severe pitting corrosion. The beams were instrumented with nylon coated fiber optic sensors to measure the distributed strains, and then tested to failure under three point bending. The load deflection behavior of the two specimens was compared to assess the impact of the artificial pitting corrosion on the capacity. Digital Image Correlation was used to locate the extent and trajectory of the crack paths. It was found that the pitting corrosion had no impact on capacity or stiffness. Also, in this investigation the fiber optic sensing system failed to detect the location and strain changes due to pitting corrosion since the shear cracks did not intersect with the pitting location.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10168, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2017, 101681S (12 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2260058
Show Author Affiliations
Jiachen Zhang, Queen's Univ. (Canada)
Vinutha Kancharla, National Institute of Technology (India)
Neil A. Hoult, Queen's Univ. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10168:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2017
Jerome P. Lynch, Editor(s)

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