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Title: Experimental study on combined effect of mechanical loads and corrosion using tube-packaged long-gauge fiber Bragg grating sensors

This study presents an experimental investigation on the combined effect of mechanical loads and corrosion using the designed polytetrafluoroethylene tube-packaged fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors, as to implement long-gauge FBG (LFBG) sensors in corrosion detection practices for structural health monitoring. A simplified LFBG-based sensing model was proposed for strain measurement in terms of the Bragg wavelength change. Correspondingly, a systematic corrosion assessment strategy was developed to estimate corrosion severity and average corrosion rate. Upon this, the experimental study was performed on epoxy-coated steel specimens embedded with LFBG sensors, where the loading, corrosion, and combined loading–corrosion tests were used to explore the effect of mechanical loads on corrosion behavior. Test results revealed that the specimens subjected to combined conditions exhibited more severe corrosion damage. The maximum mass loss was observed to be 1.82 and 2.43 in percentage under individual corrosion and combined loading–corrosion conditions, respectively. Also, the pit depth under combined conditions was found to develop rapidly in the early stage. The pit depth severity ratio was around 0.2–0.8 during the 67 days of exposure, indicating an evident impact of loading on corrosion severity. Furthermore, the maximum average corrosion rate under combined conditions was found to be 5.66 times that under individual corrosion conditions.

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SAGE Publications
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Structural Health Monitoring
Medium: X Size: p. 3985-4004
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National Science Foundation
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