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In-situ temperature calibration procedure for temperature and strain fibre Bragg grating sensors for monitoring pre-stressing strands

McKeeman, I. and Fusiek, G. and Perry, M. and Niewczas, P. and Johnston, M. (2015) In-situ temperature calibration procedure for temperature and strain fibre Bragg grating sensors for monitoring pre-stressing strands. In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. SPIE. ISBN 9781628418392

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Abstract

In this work, we demonstrate active and passive methods for in-situ temperature calibration of fibre Bragg grating strain and temperature sensors. The method is suitable for characterizing sensors which are already attached to the steel reinforcements of civil structures. The proposed method, which involves the use of active induction heating or passive room temperature fluctuations, can be implemented using portable equipment, is time efficient, and can be used to calibrate attached sensors on-site, rather than in lab conditions. Preliminary results of the induction heating calibration show good agreement with pre-calibrated temperature sensors. In-situ calibration of fibre strain sensors, attached to a prestressing strand is also successfully carried out.