|Title:||ASSESSING STEEL STRAINS ON REINFORCED CONCRETE MEMBERS FROM SURFACE CRACKING PATTERNS|
|Abstract:||The measurement of steel strains in reinforced concrete structures is often critical to characterise stresses and forces along the member. In this scope, this manuscript describes the development of a method to assess steel strains inside concrete members using solely surface measurements. These measurements were obtained using photogrammetry and image processing. The technique was validated using two concrete ties monitored using strain gauges placed inside the steel bars. The experimental results showed that one of the most important parameters affecting the accuracy of the technique is the measurement of crack widths, whereas the concrete strain has little effect on the final results. The technique is particularly advantageous since it is non-contact and does not impact on the bond conditions. It also does not require accessing the reinforcements. As a main conclusion, this work showed the feasibility of estimating strains inside the structure. This will benefit in the near future from further improvements namely in what concerns camera resolutions.|
|Rights and Permissions:||Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License|
|Type of Work:||Article|
|Type of Publication:||Post-print|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers and Publications. Engineering and Information Technologies|
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