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EPSRC Reference: GR/R34318/01
Title: Development and Validation of Fibre Optic Sensor-Based Monitoring System for Chemical Variations in Concrete.
Principal Investigator: Long, Professor AE
Other Investigators:
Basheer, Professor M Sloan, Mr D Grattan, Professor KT
Sun, Professor T Sloan, Mr T
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Arup Group Ltd CH2M Hill (Halcrow) Stakesolve Ltd
Department: Sch Planning Architecture and Civil Eng
Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 28 March 2002 Ends: 27 June 2005 Value (£): 188,043
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Civil Engineering Materials
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction Transport Systems and Vehicles
Water
Related Grants:
GR/R42979/01
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Mar 2001 Responsive Mode Panel B - March 2001 Deferred
Summary on Grant Application Form
Research on the durability of concrete has demonstrated that methods for estimating the life of reinforced concrete structures are still in the early stages of development. Thus the merit of the alternative strategy, whereby suitably designed and engineered sensors are developed for installation in new concrete structures, is now recognised. In this proposal an interdisciplinary team has been established to develop and validate fibre optic sensor (FOS) based monitoring systems for temperature and chemical changes within the cover concrete. Thus, the rapid developments in FOS in recent years, for physical and chemical sensing, could be exploited to provide a novel and cost-effective means of monitoring component parts of concrete structures over their lifetime. The reliability and performance of the new sensors will be compared with much bulkier and more intrusive systems. The new technique will be validated via carefully controlled laboratory tests on concrete specimens in which the sensors have been installed.
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