Deformation Measurement of a Driven Pile Using Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing

Publikation: Beitrag in einer FachzeitschriftArtikelBegutachtung


New developments in distributed fibre-optic sensing allow the measurement of strain with a very high precision of about 1 µm / m and a spatial resolution of 10 millimetres or even better. Thus, novel applications in several scientific fields may be realised, e. g. in structural monitoring or soil and rock mechanics. Especially due to the embedding capability of fibre-optic sensors, fibre-optic systems provide a valuable extension to classical geodetic measurement methods, which are limited to the surface in most cases.

In this paper, we report about the application of an optical backscatter reflectometer for deformation measurements along a driven pile. In general, pile systems are used in civil engineering as an efficient and economic foundation of buildings and other structures. Especially the length of the piles is crucial for the final loading capacity. For optimization purposes, the interaction between the driven pile and the subsurface material is investigated using pile testing methods. In a field trial, we used a distributed fibre-optic sensing system for measuring the strain below the surface of an excavation pit in order to derive completely new information.

Prior to the field trial, the fibre-optic sensor was investigated in the laboratory. In addition to the results of these lab studies, we briefly describe the critical process of field installation and show the most significant results from the field trial, where the pile was artificially loaded up to 800 kN. As far as we know, this is the first time that the strain is monitored along a driven pile with such a high spatial resolution.
Seiten (von - bis)61 - 69
FachzeitschriftJournal of Applied Geodesy
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 31 März 2016

Fields of Expertise

  • Sustainable Systems

Treatment code (Nähere Zuordnung)

  • Application


Untersuchen Sie die Forschungsthemen von „Deformation Measurement of a Driven Pile Using Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing“. Zusammen bilden sie einen einzigartigen Fingerprint.

Dieses zitieren