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Continuous monitoring of setting and hardening of mortar using FBG sensors
Author(s): H. Lima; R. Ribeiro; R. Nogueira; L. Silva; I. Abe; J. L. Pinto
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Paper Abstract

The use of fibre Bragg grating sensors to study mortars' dimensional variations during the setting process is reported. When determining a mortar's potential to fissure, it's important to know its total retraction. This means it is necessary to know not only the mortar's retraction after hardened, but also to know how much it retracts during the plastic phase. This work presents a technique which allows to measure dimensional variations, either expansion or retraction, during the whole setting process. Temperature and strain evolution during both plastic and hardened phase of the mortar were obtained, allowing the determination of dimensional variations and setting times. Due to its high-speed, ease of implementation and low operation costs, this technique will allow to get a deeper knowledge of the effects of several additives on the mortar's behaviour, allowing to improve its mechanical properties through the determination of the proper chemical composition.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6585, Optical Sensing Technology and Applications, 65850D (16 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.722483
Show Author Affiliations
H. Lima, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
R. Ribeiro, Saint-Gobain Weber Cimenfix (Portugal)
R. Nogueira, Instituto de Telecomunicaçoes (Portugal)
L. Silva, Saint-Gobain Weber Cimenfix (Portugal)
I. Abe, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
J. L. Pinto, Univ. de Aveiro (Portugal)
Instituto de Telecomunicaçoes (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6585:
Optical Sensing Technology and Applications
Francesco Baldini; Jiri Homola; Robert A. Lieberman; Miroslav Miler, Editor(s)

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