A multiplexed optical fiber Bragg grating sensor system with a measurement bandwidth of up to 200 Hz enabling dynamic loading events, e.g., road traffic, to be observed has been designed, installed, and tested over an 18-month period on a 346-m road bridge in Norway, for design verification and structural integrity monitoring purposes. A network of 32 fiber Bragg sensors was surface bonded along with a corresponding set of resistive strain gauges for comparative tests to be made. The wavelength data were calibrated against two thermally stabilized (∼0.15 pm) reference gratings, which rejected common mode noise and provided absolute wavelength scaling. These data provides independent strain and temperature information. Long-term test results showed good linearity and repeatability of < 10 με over the test period with a precision of ±5 με and a resolution of ±1 με. The readings from the FBG sensors were comparable to those from the foil gauge sensors to within ±4 με.
- Bragg grating
- Sensor multiplexing
- Structural integrity monitoring
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering