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Cracking monitoring by FBG strain sensor in the small scale dam model
Author(s): Liang Ren; Hongnan Li; Dongsheng Li
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Paper Abstract

Accurate measurement of strain variation and effective prediction of failure within models has been a major objective for strain sensors in dam model tests. In this paper, a FBG strain sensor with enhanced strain sensitivity and packaged by two gripper tubes is presented and applied in the seismic tests of a small scale dam model. This paper discusses the principle of enhanced sensitivity of the FBG strain sensor. Calibration experiments were conducted to evaluate the sensor's strain transferring characteristics on plates of different material. This paper also investigates the applicability of the FBG strain sensors in seismic tests of a dam model by conducting a comparison between the test measurements of FBG sensors and analytical predictions, monitoring the failure progress and predicting the cracking inside the dam model. Results of the dam model tests prove that this FBG strain sensor has the advantages of small size, high precision and embedability, demonstrate promising potential in cracking and failure monitoring and in identification of the dam model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7292, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2009, 72923V (30 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.804491
Show Author Affiliations
Liang Ren, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Hongnan Li, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)
Dongsheng Li, Dalian Univ. of Technology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7292:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2009
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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