Assessment of Strain in a Corrosive Environment of Structural Steel

  • A. CinithaEmail author
  • P. K. Umesha
  • K. Kesavan
Conference paper


Corrosion damage not only causes structural failure, but also leads to maintenance and repair costs. Improving the effective sensor technology for corrosion detection can reduce the economic loss and provide safe structures with longer service. This paper presents an evaluation technique developed to assess the progressive strain in a corrosive environment using fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors. The progress in corrosion process of structural steel coupons under stressed and unstressed condition in a laboratory environment is studied. The strains are measured with electrical resistance strain gauges and FBG sensors and are compared. Strain in coupons under stressed and unstressed condition is measured, and distinct strain behavior is brought out along with reliability of measurements in adverse environment. The central wavelength shift and peak power of FBG are analyzed with interrogator, and the capability of FBG sensor to monitor the progress in corrosion is brought out.


Corrosion Fiber Bragg grating sensor Electrolyte Electrical resistance strain gauge 



Effective refractive index of the core


Effective photo-elastic coefficient


Coefficients are the Pockel’s coefficients of the stress-optic tensor


Incremental increase in temperature


Incremental increase in mass loss


Iresistance change in the gauge in ohms


Original or unstrained gauge resistance


Coefficient of thermal expansion


Unit engineering strain in the specimen surface


Poisson’s ratio


Grating pitch


Incremental increase in strain

α, β, γ

Constant coefficients


Bragg wavelength



This paper is published with the permission of the Director, CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai, India.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CSIR-Structural Engineering Research CentreChennaiIndia

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