Probability of Delamination Detection for CFRP DCB Specimens Using Rayleigh Distributed Optical Fiber Sensors

Francesco Falcetelli*, Demetrio Cristiani, Nan Yue, Claudio Sbarufatti, Raffaella Di Sante, Dimitrios Zarouchas

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Distributed Optical Fiber Sensors (DOFS) show several inherent benefits with respect to conventional strain-sensing technologies and represent a key technology for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). Despite the solid motivation behind DOFS-based SHM systems, their implementation for real-time structural assessment is still unsatisfactory outside academia. One of the main reasons is the lack of rigorous methodologies for uncertainty quantification, which hinders the performance assessment of the monitoring system. The concept of Probability of Detection (POD) should function as the guiding light in this process, but precautions must be taken to apply this concept to SHM, as it has been originally developed for Non-Destructive Evaluation techniques. Although DOFS have been the object of numerous studies, a well-established methodology for their performance evaluation in terms of PODs is still missing. In the present work, the concept of Probability of Delamination Detection (POD2) is proposed for a DOFS network; Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymers (CFRP) Double-Cantilever Beam (DCB) specimens equipped with DOFS have been tested under static loading, and the strain patterns along with the relative observed delamination size have been collected to generate an adequate database for the POD analysis, suggesting a reference methodology to quantify the performance of DOFS for delamination detection.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring - EWSHM 2022 - Volume 2
EditorsPiervincenzo Rizzo, Alberto Milazzo
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783031072574
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event10th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, EWSHM 2022 - Palermo, Italy
Duration: 4 Jul 20227 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
Volume254 LNCE
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


Conference10th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, EWSHM 2022

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  • Carbon fiber-reinforced polymers
  • Delamination
  • Distributed optical fiber sensors
  • Probability of detection
  • Structural health monitoring

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