Nanomodified smart cement-based sensors are an emerging self-sensing technology for the structural health monitoring (SHM) of reinforced concrete (RC) structures. To date, several literature works demonstrated their strain-sensing capabilities, which make them suited for damage detection and localization. Despite the most recent technological improvements, a tailored measurement technique allowing feasible field implementations of smart cement-based sensors to concrete structures is still missing. In this regard, this paper proposes a multichannel measurement technique for retrieving strains from smart cement-based sensors embedded in RC structures using a distributed biphasic input. The experiments performed for its validation include the investigation on an RC beam with seven embedded sensors subjected to different types of static loading and a long-term monitoring application on an RC plate. Results demonstrate that the proposed technique is effective for retrieving time-stable simultaneous strain measurements from smart cement-based sensors, as well as for aiding the identification of the changes in their electrical outputs due to the influence of environmental effects variable over time. Accordingly, the proposed multichannel strain measurement technique represents a promising approach for performing feasible field implementations of smart cement-based sensors to concrete structures.

A multichannel strain measurement technique for nanomodified smart cement-based sensors in reinforced concrete structures

Meoni A.;D'alessandro A.
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Mancinelli M.;Ubertini F.
2021

Abstract

Nanomodified smart cement-based sensors are an emerging self-sensing technology for the structural health monitoring (SHM) of reinforced concrete (RC) structures. To date, several literature works demonstrated their strain-sensing capabilities, which make them suited for damage detection and localization. Despite the most recent technological improvements, a tailored measurement technique allowing feasible field implementations of smart cement-based sensors to concrete structures is still missing. In this regard, this paper proposes a multichannel measurement technique for retrieving strains from smart cement-based sensors embedded in RC structures using a distributed biphasic input. The experiments performed for its validation include the investigation on an RC beam with seven embedded sensors subjected to different types of static loading and a long-term monitoring application on an RC plate. Results demonstrate that the proposed technique is effective for retrieving time-stable simultaneous strain measurements from smart cement-based sensors, as well as for aiding the identification of the changes in their electrical outputs due to the influence of environmental effects variable over time. Accordingly, the proposed multichannel strain measurement technique represents a promising approach for performing feasible field implementations of smart cement-based sensors to concrete structures.
2021
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