Fiber optics products can be used to monitor the condition of different bridges; it evaluates in real-time depreciation during the exploitation, provides public safety, and cuts the expenses for maintenance.
Data collected by these fiber optics products allow decreasing regular maintenance expenses of the constructions. All the information is stored in an orderly manner to enable sorting through long and short-term tracking periods. Using a monitoring system helps to use the facility in a more efficient way. Monitoring fiber optics products help to build the construction and to optimize the load in different situations, and it will make the utilization time.
The following parameters are measured with fiber optic product:
- Relative linear beam deformation
- Temperature next to the deformation place
- The inclination of the supporting structure
- Other physical dimensions
Beam sensors are located on the right and left sides of the bridge and the fiber optic product controls the pressure on the entire length of the construction, bridge conditions during the peak load and at relaxation time, relative changes in different structure elements during the exploitation period, climate changes effect.
Fiber optic product for inclination tracking controls the potential shift of the bridge over time. And the fiber optic product located at the central part of the bridge tracks the vibration and the danger of resonating frequencies.
The amount of sensors per bridge is always determined case by case. In general, it depends on the central part between the supporting structures. The part that takes the heaviest load is the central part of the bridge and it has to be measured precisely.
These sensors help to find weak parts of the structure and prevent damages and catastrophes.