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Long-gage fiber optic Bragg grating strain sensors to monitor civil structures
Author(s): Whitten L. Schulz; Joel Pascal Conte; Eric Udd
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Paper Abstract

Fiber optic Bragg gratings packaged in long gage configurations are being used to measure static and dynamic macro-strains in structures and structural models to monitor structural health and detect and identify macro-damage incurred from a seismic event. These long gage sensors are being used to experimentally verify analytical models of small-scale structural models in their pre- and post-damage states using system identification techniques. This fiber optic deformation measurement system could play a significant role in monitoring/recording with a higher level of completeness the actual seismic response of structures and in non-destructive seismic damage assessment techniques based on dynamic signature analysis. This new sensor technology will enable field measurements of the response of real structures to real earthquakes with the same or higher level of detail/resolution as currently in structural testing under controlled laboratory conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4330, Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways, (30 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.434156
Show Author Affiliations
Whitten L. Schulz, Blue Road Research (United States)
Joel Pascal Conte, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Eric Udd, Blue Road Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4330:
Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Smart Systems for Bridges, Structures, and Highways
S.-C. Liu, Editor(s)

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