All mechanical structures are subjected to deformation and cracks, due to fatigue, stress, and/or environmental factors. It is, therefore, of uttermost importance to monitor the mechanical condition of critical structures, in order to prevent catastrophic failures, but also to minimize maintenance costs, i.e., avoid unnecessary inspections. A number of technologies and systems can be used for this purpose: among them, the ones proposing the use of wireless passive crackmeters have a strong impact potential, in terms of simplicity of installation and measurement and low cost. This paper, hence, shows a crack width wireless radio-frequency identification sensor, developed for applications on various materials (such as concrete and metal) and able to detect submillimeter deformations occurring on the object, on which it is placed. A design method based on high-sensitivity phase detection is shown.

Wireless Passive RFID Crack Width Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring

DiGiampaolo, Emidio
2015-01-01

Abstract

All mechanical structures are subjected to deformation and cracks, due to fatigue, stress, and/or environmental factors. It is, therefore, of uttermost importance to monitor the mechanical condition of critical structures, in order to prevent catastrophic failures, but also to minimize maintenance costs, i.e., avoid unnecessary inspections. A number of technologies and systems can be used for this purpose: among them, the ones proposing the use of wireless passive crackmeters have a strong impact potential, in terms of simplicity of installation and measurement and low cost. This paper, hence, shows a crack width wireless radio-frequency identification sensor, developed for applications on various materials (such as concrete and metal) and able to detect submillimeter deformations occurring on the object, on which it is placed. A design method based on high-sensitivity phase detection is shown.
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