Finite element verification of the method of neutral axis for damage detection in composite beam structures

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Abstract

The neutral axis in a loaded beam structure is the curve in the cross-section that experiences zero strain. With the absence of axial effects, the healthy location of the neutral axis can be predicted using the position of centroid of stiffness of the beam cross-section. Change in position of the neutral axis can indicate the change in position of centroid, and thus, can be used for damage detection purposes. In this paper, a finite element based analysis was used to verify the method of neutral axis for damage detection in a multi-girder concrete-steel composite test structure with known minute damage. Long-gauge fiber-optic strain and temperature sensors were installed on the test structure at two locations of damage and one healthy baseline location prior to the pouring of the concrete slab. A finite element model was developed and validated using strain measurements for static loading events, and used to predict the healthy neutral axis position at each monitored location. Results show that the finite element prediction of healthy neutral axis location matches very well with actual sensor measurements at the healthy baseline location. An upward shift of the neutral axis is noticed at damaged locations, which was also an observation from previous research. While the change of the position of the neutral axis at damaged locations is confirmation of the damage detection capabilities of the method, further research is needed to explain the physical cause of the detected upward shift of the neutral axis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication8th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, EWSHM 2016
PublisherNDT.net
Pages747-754
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781510827936
StatePublished - 2016
Event8th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, EWSHM 2016 - Bilbao, Spain
Duration: Jul 5 2016Jul 8 2016

Publication series

Name8th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, EWSHM 2016
Volume1

Other

Other8th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, EWSHM 2016
CountrySpain
CityBilbao
Period7/5/167/8/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Information Management
  • Computer Science Applications

Keywords

  • Composite beam
  • Damage detection
  • Fiber optics
  • Finite element analysis
  • Long-gauge strain sensors
  • Neutral axis
  • Structural health monitoring

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