Sensing sheet: The response of full-bridge strain sensors to thermal variations for detecting and characterizing cracks

S. T. Tung, Branko Glisic

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Abstract

Sensing sheets based on large-area electronics consist of a dense array of unit strain sensors. This new technology has potential for becoming an effective and affordable monitoring tool that can identify, localize and quantify surface damage in structures. This research contributes to their development by investigating the response of full-bridge unit strain sensors to thermal variations. Overall, this investigation quantifies the effects of temperature on thin-film full-bridge strain sensors monitoring uncracked and cracked concrete. Additionally, an empirical formula is developed to estimate crack width given an observed strain change and a measured temperature change. This research led to the understanding of the behavior of full-bridge strain sensors installed on cracked concrete and exposed to temperature variations. It proves the concept of the sensing sheet and its suitability for application in environments with variable temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number124010
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Volume27
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 21 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Applied Mathematics

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