Indexing damage using distortion of embedded FBG sensor response spectra

Kahandawa, Gayan C. and Epaarachchi, Jayantha A. and Lau, K. T. (2013) Indexing damage using distortion of embedded FBG sensor response spectra. In: 4th International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering (SMN 2013), 10-12 Jul 2013, Gold Coast, Australia.


Structural Health Monitoring Systems based on embedded FBG sensors, to identify damage conditions, are largely dependent on the spectral distortion of the sensors. The uneven stress gradient occurring along the grating of FBG sensors, due to damage inside composite structures can be estimated by analysing significant changes that appear in the FBG response spectra. However, the stochastic nature of the distorted shape of the FBG spectra makes it difficult to interpret and quantify the existing damage at the location of the FBG sensors. There are several indexing methods proposed by researchers. We have previously presented a novel concept of the Distortion Index (DI) which is defined using distorted spectra of FBG sensors. It was observed that the DI increases with the increase in damage size. The Distortion Index (DI) is introduced to create a correlation between the damage and the distortion of the response spectra of a FBG sensor. This index provides the ability to generalise the distortion of FBG spectra for a particular structure. The index can be used to quantify the damage in the structure relative to its original condition, which can be the condition of structure during a regulated time, i.e. a month uninterrupted operation or first hours in operation, of a structure can be used as no damage condition. In this paper we discuss the application of distortion index and comparison with available several other indexes.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © (2013) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Print copy of the Proceedings held in the USQ Library at call no. 620.5 Fou.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2013 06:40
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 02:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: composite structures; damage detection; FBG sensors; spectral distortion; structural health monitoring
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099902 Engineering Instrumentation
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090605 Photodetectors, Optical Sensors and Solar Cells
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1117/12.2027945

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