Vol. 52, Issue 3, pp. 429-439

Vol. 52 Issue 3 pp. 429-439

Spectral analysis for tilted fiber Bragg gratings in the corrosion detection for concrete structure

Kok Zee Kwong, Waldo Udos, Kok-Sing Lim, Foo Wei Lee, Chee Ghuan Tan, Muhamad Zharif Samion, Harith Ahmad


tilted fiber Bragg grating, optical spectral analysis, Fourier transform, corrosion, steel bar


An effective corrosion monitoring technique is sought after by the engineers for assessing the steel bar corrosion at the early stage for the maintenance and repair works, especially in the corrosive environments, such as coastal and marine. In this work, tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) with the optical sensor is employed in corrosion monitoring of a reinforced concrete structure. Taking advantage of the high sensitivity of TFBG cladding resonance wavelengths to the change in the surrounding medium, the sensor is mounted on the steel bar that is embedded in a concreted block during an accelerated corrosion process. The acquired transmission spectrum of the TFBG during the procedure is digitally processed using Fourier Transform to produce an index that is sensitive to the generated corrosion product surrounding the TFBG sensor. This eases the analysis of the sophisticated TFBG transmission spectra. The generated index can be used as an indicator (indicator J) for the corrosion process of the embedded steel bar in the concrete structure. This indicator J can act as an indicator to describe the corrosion activity and corrosion level at a specific point of the steel bar in concrete structures.

Vol. 52
Issue 3
pp. 429-439

1.74 MB
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