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Optical Phenomenology and Applications

Health Monitoring for Infrastructure Materials and the Environment


  • Covers the fundamentals of interaction of light and matter and how it can be used for health monitoring of civil infrastructure and the environment

  • Includes various applications range from infrastructure materials including roads, bridges and pipelines, to applications in environmental sensing including air and the subsurface environment

  • Written as a resource for researchers, students and practitioners interested in interdisciplinary studies at the intersection of applied sciences, photonics, chemistry and materials science, and how it can be applied to materials health monitoring


Part of the Smart Sensors, Measurement and Instrumentation book series (SSMI, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Concepts and Tools for Optical Sensing in Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Masoud Ghandehari
      Pages 19-26
    3. Masoud Ghandehari
      Pages 27-34
    4. Gamal Khalil, Christian Brückner, Masoud Ghandehari
      Pages 35-48
  3. Remote Sensing: Ionic Species and Chemical Signatures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Masoud Ghandehari, Cristian S. Vimer
      Pages 51-61
    3. Christian Brückner, Gamal Khalil, Masoud Ghandehari
      Pages 63-82
    4. Masoud Ghandehari, Cristian S. Vimer, Peter Spellane
      Pages 83-93
  4. In Situ Analysis of Transport Processes in Porous Media

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Masoud Ghandehari, Cristian S. Vimer, Ioannis Ioannou, Alexey Sidelev, Peter Spellane
      Pages 97-109
    3. Masoud Ghandehari, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Christian S. Vimer
      Pages 111-121
    4. Masoud Ghandehari, Alexey Sidelev, Engui Liu, Christian Brückner, Gamal Khalil
      Pages 123-129
  5. Subsurface Detection of Water Contaminants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Hao-Ming Fang, Karina Yew-Hoong Gin, Bavigadda Viswanath, Mircea Petre, Masoud Ghandehari
      Pages 133-147
    3. Masoud Ghandehari, Konstantinos Kostarelos, Cristian S. Vimer
      Pages 149-159
  6. Sensing Gases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Masoud Ghandehari, Gamal Khalil, Filip Mlekicki, Alex Sidelev, Mohsen Hossein
      Pages 163-170
    3. Masoud Ghandehari, Gamal Khalil
      Pages 171-181

About this book


This book is an introduction to techniques and applications of optical methods for materials Characterization in civil and environmental engineering. Emphasizing chemical sensing and diagnostics, it is written for students and researchers studying the physical and chemical processes in manmade or natural materials. Optical Phenomenology and Applications - Health Monitoring for Infrastructure Materials and the Environment, describes the utility of optical-sensing technologies in applications that include monitoring of transport processes and reaction chemistries in materials of the infrastructure and the subsurface environment. Many of the applications reviewed will address long standing issues in infrastructure health monitoring such as the alkali silica reaction, the role of pH in materials degradation, and the remote and inset characterization of the subsurface environment. The remarkable growth in photonics has contributed immensely to transforming bench-top optical instruments to compact field deployable systems. This has also contributed to optical sensors for environmental sensing and infrastructure health monitoring. Application of optical waveguides and full field imaging for civil and environmental engineering application is introduced and chemical and physical recognition strategies are presented; this is followed by range of filed deployable applications. Emphasizing system robustness, and long-term durability, examples covered include in-situ monitoring of transport phenomena, imaging degradation chemistries, and remote sensing of the subsurface ground water.


Materials Health Monitoring Civil Infrastructure Health Environmental Sensing Optical Methods Optical Phenomenology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.New York UniversityBrooklynUSA

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