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Vol. 9, Special Issue, December 2010, pp.28-38



Production and Characterisation of Multifunctional Textile for Masonry Retrofitting and Health Monitoring


1Angela CORICCIATI, 1Paolo CORVAGLIA, 1Alessandro LARGO,
2Michele Arturo CAPONERO, 3Giovanni FARDIN

1Department of Materials and Structures Engineering,

Consorzio CETMA, S.S. 7 Appia km. 706+030, 72100, Brindisi, Italy

Tel.: ++39-0831-449111, fax: ++39-0831-449120

2ENEA, Frascati Research Centre, Via E. Fermi 45, 00044, Frascati (Roma), Italy

Tel.: ++39-06-94005442, fax: ++39-06-94005400

3SELCOM S.r.l., Via della Torre 17, 31010, Fregona (Treviso), Italy

Tel.: ++39-0438-916259, fax: ++39-0438-916049

E-mail: angela.coricciati@cetma.it, paolo.corvaglia@cetma.it, alessandro.largo@cetma.it, michele.caponero@enea.it, ingfardin@selcom-srl.com



Received: 27 September 2010   /Accepted: 30 November 2010   /Published: 30 December 2010


Abstract: Composite materials are recently used in civil applications, in strengthening of masonry and concrete structures. They offer many advantages, in comparison with traditional techniques, mainly related to the favourable strength to weight ratio. Besides, monitoring the structure during its lifetime is very important, in order to detect possible anomalous situations. The innovative and original multifunctional textile, described in this work, is conceived to perform both these functions: thanks to a tube woven inside the fabric during manufacturing process, a fibre optical sensor can be inserted successively inside this tube, directly on the reinforced structure, allowing the structural health monitoring. Tensile tests on composite material performed with the textile allowed the mechanical characterization and the identification of the gage factor of the embedded sensor. Moreover, flexural tests, carried out on small scale samples reinforced with the textile, allowed to test the measuring performance of the textile in possible real applications.


Keywords: Masonry, Smart textile, Reinforcement, FBG, Monitoring


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