Performance Monitoring of Concrete Structures with Embedded Sensors

by Dryver R. Huston, Univ of Vermont, Burlington, United States,
Peter L. Fuhr, Univ of Vermont, Burlington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


This paper describes the use of embedded fiber optic sensors to monitor the performance of reinforced concrete structures. The fiber optic sensors are capable of measuring vibrations, detecting cracks, locating cracks, measuring overall strains, and possibly detecting acoustic emission events. These simple sensors have been installed in a 6-story reinforced concrete building, an 8 MW reinforced concrete hydroelectric dam, and in a post-tensioned concrete railroad bridge. Preliminary results have been obtained from the sensors in the form of survivability and vibration data.

Subject Headings: Concrete bridges | Reinforced concrete | Fiber reinforced concrete | Concrete dams | Probe instruments | Concrete structures | Structure reinforcement

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