Lasers, Fiber Optics, and Communications

Glass fiber-reinforced polymer packaged fiber Bragg grating sensors for low-speed weigh-in-motion measurements

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Mu’ath Al-Tarawneh, Ying Huang

North Dakota State University, Code Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1340 Administration Avenue, Fargo, North Dakota 58108, United States

Opt. Eng. 55(8), 086107 (Aug 09, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.OE.55.8.086107
History: Received April 13, 2016; Accepted July 19, 2016
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Abstract.  The weight of rolling trucks on roads is one of the critical factors for the management of road networks due to the continuous increase in truck weight. Weigh-in-motion (WIM) sensors have been widely used for weight enforcement. A three-dimensional glass fiber-reinforced polymer packaged fiber Bragg grating sensor (3-D GFRP-FBG) is introduced for in-pavement WIM measurement at low vehicle passing speed. A sensitivity study shows that the developed sensor is very sensitive to the sensor installation depth and the longitudinal and transverse locations of the wheel loading position. The developed 3-D GFRP-FBG sensor is applicable for most practical pavements with a panel length larger than 6 ft, and it also shows a very good long-term durability. For the three components in 3-D of the developed sensor, the longitudinal component has the highest sensitivity for WIM measurements, followed by the transverse and vertical components. Field testing validated the sensitivity and repeatability of the developed 3-D GFRP-FBG sensor. The developed sensor provides the transportation agency one alternative solution for WIM measurement, which could significantly improve the measurement efficiency and long-term durability.

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Mu’ath Al-Tarawneh and Ying Huang
"Glass fiber-reinforced polymer packaged fiber Bragg grating sensors for low-speed weigh-in-motion measurements", Opt. Eng. 55(8), 086107 (Aug 09, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.55.8.086107


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