The structural health monitoring (SHM) of large and complex infrastructures as well as laboratory tests of new structures and materials resorts to strain gauge measurements to check mechanical stress. A wireless measurement of the strain gauge response is desirable in many practical applications to avoid the cost and the difficulty of wiring, particularly in large structures requiring several sensors and in complex objects where the measurement points are difficult to access. In this paper, a wireless strain gauge which is a hybrid between an RFID tag and a usual thin-film resistive strain gauge is experimented. Installation and maintenance problems of the wireless sensor networks are overcome allowing a high level of measurement accuracy, comparable to that of wired strain sensors, together with a long measurement distance. A large set of measurements has been performed using reference specimens and readings in order to validate the sensor and to develop a calibration procedure that makes the sensor suitable for a large number of different applications in civil engineering.

Presenting a New Wireless Strain Method for Structural Monitoring: Experimental Validation

Gregori A.;Di Giampaolo E.
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Di Carlofelice A.
;
Castoro C.
2019-01-01

Abstract

The structural health monitoring (SHM) of large and complex infrastructures as well as laboratory tests of new structures and materials resorts to strain gauge measurements to check mechanical stress. A wireless measurement of the strain gauge response is desirable in many practical applications to avoid the cost and the difficulty of wiring, particularly in large structures requiring several sensors and in complex objects where the measurement points are difficult to access. In this paper, a wireless strain gauge which is a hybrid between an RFID tag and a usual thin-film resistive strain gauge is experimented. Installation and maintenance problems of the wireless sensor networks are overcome allowing a high level of measurement accuracy, comparable to that of wired strain sensors, together with a long measurement distance. A large set of measurements has been performed using reference specimens and readings in order to validate the sensor and to develop a calibration procedure that makes the sensor suitable for a large number of different applications in civil engineering.
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