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Fibre Optic Methods for Structural Health Monitoring

ISBN: 978-0-470-06142-8
276 pages
December 2007
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The use of fibre optic sensors in structural health monitoring has rapidly accelerated in recent years. By embedding fibre optic sensors in structures (e.g. buildings, bridges and pipelines) it is possible to obtain real time data on structural changes such as stress or strain. Engineers use monitoring data to detect deviations from a structure’s original design performance in order to optimise the operation, repair and maintenance of a structure over time.

Fibre Optic Methods for Structural Health Monitoring is organised as a step-by-step guide to implementing a monitoring system and includes examples of common structures and their most-frequently monitored parameters. This book:

  • presents a universal method for static structural health monitoring, using a technique with proven effectiveness in hundreds of applications worldwide;
  • discusses a variety of different structures including buildings, bridges, dams, tunnels and pipelines;
  • features case studies which describe common problems and offer solutions to those problems;
  • provides advice on establishing mechanical parameters to monitor (including deformations, rotations and displacements) and on placing sensors to achieve monitoring objectives;
  • identifies methods for interpreting data according to construction material and shows how to apply numerical concepts and formulae to data in order to inform decision making.

Fibre Optic Methods for Structural Health Monitoring is an invaluable reference for practising engineers in the fields of civil, structural and geotechnical engineering. It will also be of interest to academics and undergraduate/graduate students studying civil and structural engineering.

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Table of Contents




1 Introduction to Structural Health Monitoring.

1.1 Basic Notions, Needs and Benefits.

1.1.1 Introduction.

1.1.2 Basic Notions.

1.1.3 Monitoring Needs and Benefits.

1.1.4 Whole Lifespan Monitoring.

1.2 The Structural Health Monitoring Process.

1.2.1 Core Activities.

1.2.2 Actors.

1.3 On-Site Example of Structural Health Monitoring Project.

2 Fibre-Optic Sensors.

2.1 Introduction to Fibre-Optic Technology.

2.2 Fibre-Optic Sensing Technologies.

2.2.1 SOFO Interferometric Sensors.

2.2.2 Fabry–Perot Interferometric Sensors.

2.2.3 Fibre Bragg-Grating Sensors.

2.2.4 Distributed Brillouin- and Raman-Scattering Sensors.

2.3 Sensor Packaging.

2.4 Distributed Sensing Cables.

2.4.1 Introduction.

2.4.2 Temperature-Sensing Cable.

2.4.3 Strain-Sensing Tape: SMARTape.

2.4.4 Combined Strain- and Temperature-Sensing: SMARTprofile.

2.5 Software and System Integration.

2.6 Conclusions and Summary.

3 Fibre-Optic Deformation Sensors: Applicability and Interpretation of Measurements.

3.1 Strain Components and Strain Time Evolution.

3.1.1 Basic Notions.

3.1.2 Elastic and Plastic Structural Strain.

3.1.3 Thermal Strain.

3.1.4 Creep.

3.1.5 Shrinkage.

3.1.6 Reference Time and Reference Measurement.

3.2 Sensor Gauge Length and Measurement.

3.2.1 Introduction.

3.2.2 Deformation Sensor Measurements.

3.2.3 Global Structural Monitoring: Basic Notions.

3.2.4 Sensor Measurement Dependence on Strain Distribution: Maximal Gauge Length.

3.2.5 Sensor Measurement in Inhomogeneous Materials: Minimal-Gauge Length.

3.2.6 General Principle in the Determination of Sensor Gauge Length.

3.2.7 Distributed Strain Sensor Measurement.

3.3 Interpretation of strain measurement.

3.3.1 Introduction.

3.3.2 Sources of Errors and Detection of Anomalous Structural Condition.

3.3.3 Determination of Strain Components and Stress from Total-Strain Measurement.

3.3.4 Example of Strain Measurement Interpretation.

4 Sensor Topologies: Monitoring Global Parameters.

4.1 Finite Element Structural Health Monitoring Concept: Introduction.

4.2 Simple Topology and Applications.

4.2.1 Basic Notions on Simple Topology.

4.2.2 Enchained Simple Topology.

4.2.3 Example of an Enchained Simple Topology Application.

4.2.4 Scattered Simple Topology.

4.2.5 Example of a Scattered Simple Topology Application.

4.3 Parallel Topology.

4.3.1 Basic Notions on Parallel Topology: Uniaxial Bending.

4.3.2 Basic Notions on Parallel Topology: Biaxial Bending.

4.3.3 Deformed Shape and Displacement Diagram.

4.3.4 Examples of Parallel Topology Application.

4.4 Crossed Topology.

4.4.1 Basic Notions on Crossed Topology: Planar Case.

4.4.2 Basic Notions on Crossed Topology: Spatial Case.

4.4.3 Example of a Crossed Topology Application.

4.5 Triangular Topology.

4.5.1 Basic Notions on Triangular Topology.

4.5.2 Scattered and Spread Triangular Topologies.

4.5.3 Monitoring of Planar Relative Movements Between Two Blocks.

4.5.4 Example of a Triangular Topology Application.

5 Finite Element Structural Health Monitoring Strategies and Application Examples.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Monitoring of Pile Foundations.

5.2.1 Monitoring the Pile.

5.2.2 Monitoring a Group of Piles.

5.2.3 Monitoring of Foundation Slab.

5.2.4 On-Site Example of Piles Monitoring.

5.3 Monitoring of Buildings.

5.3.1 Monitoring of Building Structural Members.

5.3.2 Monitoring of Columns.

5.3.3 Monitoring of Cores.

5.3.4 Monitoring of Frames, Slabs and Walls.

5.3.5 Monitoring of a Whole Building.

5.3.6 On-Site Example of Building Monitoring.

5.4 Monitoring of Bridges.

5.4.1 Introduction.

5.4.2 Monitoring of a Simple Beam.

5.4.3 On-Site Example of Monitoring of a Simple Beam.

5.4.4 Monitoring of a Continuous Girder.

5.4.5 On-Site Example of Monitoring of a Continuous Girder.

5.4.6 Monitoring of a Balanced Cantilever Bridge.

5.4.7 On-Site Example of Monitoring of a Balanced Cantilever Girder.

5.4.8 Monitoring of an Arch Bridge.

5.4.9 On-Site Example of Monitoring of an Arch Bridge.

5.4.10 Monitoring of a Cable-Stayed Bridge.

5.4.11 On-Site Example of Monitoring of a Cable-Stayed Bridge.

5.4.12 Monitoring of a Suspended Bridge.

5.4.13 Bridge Integrity Monitoring.

5.4.14 On-Site Example of Bridge Integrity Monitoring.

5.5 Monitoring of Dams.

5.5.1 Introduction.

5.5.2 Monitoring of an Arch Dam.

5.5.3 On-Site Examples on Monitoring of an Arch Dam.

5.5.4 Monitoring of a Gravity Dam.

5.5.5 On-Site Example of Monitoring a Gravity Dam.

5.5.6 Monitoring of a Dyke (Earth or Rockfill Dam).

5.5.7 On-Site Example of Monitoring a Dyke.

5.6 Monitoring of Tunnels.

5.6.1 Introduction.

5.6.2 Monitoring of Convergence.

5.6.3 On-Site Example of Monitoring of Convergence.

5.6.4 Monitoring of Strain and Deformation.

5.6.5 On-Site Example of Monitoring of Deformation.

5.6.6 Monitoring of Other Parameters and Tunnel Integrity Monitoring.

5.7 Monitoring of Heritage Structures.

5.7.1 Introduction.

5.7.2 Monitoring of San Vigilio Church, Gandria, Switzerland.

5.7.3 Monitoring of Royal Villa, Monza, Italy.

5.7.4 Monitoring of Bolshoi Moskvoretskiy Bridge, Moscow, Russia.

5.8 Monitoring of Pipelines.

5.8.1 Introduction.

5.8.2 Pipeline Monitoring.

5.8.3 Pipeline Monitoring Application Examples.

5.8.4 Conclusions.

6 Conclusions and Outlook.

6.1 Conclusions.

6.2 Outlook.



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Author Information

Dr. Branko Glišic received his degrees in Civil Engineering and Theoretical Mathematics at University of Belgrade, Serbia, and Ph.D. at the EPFL, Switzerland. His thesis focuses on the development of fiber optic sensors for particular applications, and characterization of concrete at very early age. He was employed at SMARTEC SA, Switzerland, where he was involved in research and engineering at different levels of responsibility in numerous structural health monitoring (SHM) projects. Since February 2009 he has been employed as an Assistant Professor at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Princeton University. His main areas of interest are SHM methods, advanced sensory systems, smart structures, SHM data management, and sustainable engineering. Prof. Gli?i? is author and co-author of more than hundred published papers, university course on SHM, short courses on SHM using FOS, and he is a member of several professional associations (ISHMII, ACI, ACSE, IABMAS, IABSE, ISMA).

Dr. Daniele Inaudi received a degree in physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). His graduation work was centred on the theoretical and experimental study of the polarization state of the emission of external grating diode lasers and was prized with the ETHZ medal. He is an active member of OSA, SPIE, IABSE, IABMAS, fib, founding member of ISHMII, chairman of the Sensor conference at the annual “SPIE International Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials” and member of the organizing committee of the annual “International conference on Optical Fibre Sensors”. Daniele Inaudi is author of more that 80 papers, three book chapters and editor of a book on Optical Nondestructive Testing.

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"In summary, I'm delighted with the book as a source of well balanced practical information about an exciting technology." (Geotechnical News, 1 June 2008)

"In conclusion, the book is useful for understanding one of the technology of structural monitoring for Civil Engineering applications today available on the market. But, even more important, the book represents a good guideline for sensor placement and performance reconstruction from boundary (i.e. not internal to the structural body) measurements." (Structural Control Health Monitoring, 2010)

"This makes the book extremely useful for structural inspectors who need to understand the condition of civil structures from a structural perspective ... Based on this, it can help them to reach correct evaluations of the true condition of the structures, and in turn helps them make effective decisions on the final fate of these structures." (Can. J. Civ. Eng., 19 February 2008)

"In a nutshell, this book is recommended as a good reference and source of valuable information for basic and applied principles in long gauge deformation sensing. It embodies the valuable field experiences of the authors for sensor placement and interpretation of data. It is also written in a simple format and without very much of rigor for non-optical physics majors." (Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 1 October 2009)

"Overall the Book is organised so that it can be used as a step-by-step guide to implement a monitoring system and includes numerous application examples on the most common types of structures, such as building, bridges, historical monuments, piles, dams, tunnels, pipelines, risers, and off-shore structures, and their most frequently monitored parameters." (TMCnet.com, 17 March 2011)

"...I recommend that you tell your structural engineering colleagues about it…. I’m delighted with the book as a source of well balanced practical information about an exciting technology." (Geotechnical News, June 2008)

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