Development of method for in-service crack detection based on distributed fiber optic sensors

Branko Glisic, Daniele Inaudi

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Many bridges worldwide are approaching the end of their lifespan and it is necessary to assess their health condition in order to mitigate risks, prevent disasters, and plan maintenance activities in an optimized manner. Fracture critical bridges are of particular interest since they have only little or no load path redundancy. Structural health monitoring (SHM) has recently emerged as a branch of engineering, which aim is to improve the assessment of structural condition. Distributed optical fiber sensing technology has opened new possibilities in SHM. A distributed deformation sensor (sensing cable) is sensitive at each point of its length to strain changes and cracks. Such a sensor practically monitors a one-dimensional strain field and can be installed over all the length of the monitored structural members, thereby providing with integrity monitoring, i.e. direct detection and characterization (including recognition, localization, and quantification or rating) of local strain changes generated by damage. Integrity monitoring principles are developed and presented in this article. A large scale laboratory test and a real on-site application are briefly presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-171
Number of pages11
JournalStructural Health Monitoring
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Brillouin scattering
  • fiber-optic sensors
  • fracture critical bridges
  • in-service crack detection
  • structural health monitoring


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