A Brillouin smart FRP material and a strain data post processing software for structural health monitoring through laboratory testing and field application on a highway bridge

Filippo Bastianini, Fabio Matta, Nestore Galati, Antonio Nanni

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Abstract

Strain and temperature sensing obtained through frequency shift evaluation of Brillouin scattered light is a technology that seems extremely promising for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). Due to the intrinsic distributed sensing capability, Brillouin can measure the deformation of any individual segment of huge lengths of inexpensive single-mode fiber. In addition, Brillouin retains other typical advantages of Fiber Optic Sensors (FOS), such as harsh environment durability and interference rejection. Despite these advantages, the diffusion of Brillouin for SHM is constrained by different factors, such as the high equipment cost, the commercial unavailability of specific SHM oriented fiber products and even some prejudices on the required sensitivity performances. In the present work, a complete SHM pilot application was developed, installed and successfully operated during a diagnostic load test on the High Performance Steel (HPS) bridge A6358 located at the Lake of the Ozarks (Miller County, MO, USA). Four out of five girders were extensively instrumented with a "smart" Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) tape having embedded fibers for strain sensing and thermal compensation. Data collected during a diagnostic load test were elaborated through a specific post-processing software, and the strain profiles retrieved were compared to traditional strain gauges and theoretical results based on the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications for structural assessment purposes. The excellent results obtained confirm the effectiveness of Brillouin SHM systems for the monitoring of real applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsM. Tomizuka
Pages600-611
Number of pages12
Volume5765
EditionPART 2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventSmart Structures and Materials 2005 - Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 7 2005Mar 10 2005

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OtherSmart Structures and Materials 2005 - Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period3/7/053/10/05

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Highway bridges
smart materials
Intelligent materials
structural health monitoring
Structural health monitoring
computer programs
load tests
Testing
Processing
fibers
prejudices
girders
Steel bridges
Fibers
Beams and girders
strain gages
Fiber optic sensors
glass fibers
Single mode fibers
Strain gages

Keywords

  • Bridge
  • Brillouin
  • Distributed sensing
  • Fiber optic
  • Load test
  • Monitoring
  • SHM
  • Smart material

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Bastianini, F., Matta, F., Galati, N., & Nanni, A. (2005). A Brillouin smart FRP material and a strain data post processing software for structural health monitoring through laboratory testing and field application on a highway bridge. In M. Tomizuka (Ed.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (PART 2 ed., Vol. 5765, pp. 600-611). [63] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.594758

A Brillouin smart FRP material and a strain data post processing software for structural health monitoring through laboratory testing and field application on a highway bridge. / Bastianini, Filippo; Matta, Fabio; Galati, Nestore; Nanni, Antonio.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. ed. / M. Tomizuka. Vol. 5765 PART 2. ed. 2005. p. 600-611 63.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Bastianini, F, Matta, F, Galati, N & Nanni, A 2005, A Brillouin smart FRP material and a strain data post processing software for structural health monitoring through laboratory testing and field application on a highway bridge. in M Tomizuka (ed.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. PART 2 edn, vol. 5765, 63, pp. 600-611, Smart Structures and Materials 2005 - Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems, San Diego, CA, United States, 3/7/05. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.594758
Bastianini F, Matta F, Galati N, Nanni A. A Brillouin smart FRP material and a strain data post processing software for structural health monitoring through laboratory testing and field application on a highway bridge. In Tomizuka M, editor, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. PART 2 ed. Vol. 5765. 2005. p. 600-611. 63 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.594758
Bastianini, Filippo ; Matta, Fabio ; Galati, Nestore ; Nanni, Antonio. / A Brillouin smart FRP material and a strain data post processing software for structural health monitoring through laboratory testing and field application on a highway bridge. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. editor / M. Tomizuka. Vol. 5765 PART 2. ed. 2005. pp. 600-611
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