Sensors are used for civil infrastructure performance assessment and health monitoring, and have evolved significantly through developments in materials and methodologies. Sensor Technologies for Civil Infrastructure Volume I provides an overview of sensor hardware and its use in data collection.

The first chapters provide an introduction to sensing for structural performance assessment and health monitoring, and an overview of commonly used sensors and their data acquisition systems. Further chapters address different types of sensor including piezoelectric transducers, fiber optic sensors, acoustic emission sensors, and electromagnetic sensors, and the use of these sensors for assessing and monitoring civil infrastructures. Developments in technologies applied to civil infrastructure performance assessment are also discussed, including radar technology, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and nanotechnology.

Sensor Technologies for Civil Infrastructure provides a standard reference for structural and civil engineers, electronics engineers, and academics with an interest in the field.

Key Features

  • Describes sensing hardware and data collection, covering a variety of sensors
  • Examines fiber optic systems, acoustic emission, piezoelectric sensors, electromagnetic sensors, ultrasonic methods, and radar and millimeter wave technology
  • Covers strain gauges, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), multifunctional materials and nanotechnology for sensing, and vision-based sensing and lasers


Practitioners, researchers, and government officials in the fields of civil engineering, structural engineering, bridge design, bridge inspection, and infrastructure maintenance; Civil, structural, and geotechnical engineers and professionals interested in SHM in the domains of safety, maintenance, design or construction of infrastructure; Researchers and professors of civil engineering whose area is SHM, or use SHM as a tool in their research

Table of Contents

  • Contributor contact details
  • Woodhead Publishing Series in Electronic and Optical Materials
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction to sensing for structural performance assessment and health monitoring
    • Abstract:
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Introduction to this book
    • 1.3 Overview of sensors and sensing system hardware
    • 1.4 Overview of sensor data interrogation and decision making
    • 1.5 Overview of application of sensing systems to operational infrastructure
    • 1.6 Future trends
    • 1.7 Conclusion
    • Books
    • 1.8 References
  • 2. Sensor data acquisition systems and architectures
    • Abstract:
    • 2.1 Introduction
    • 2.2 Concepts in signals and digital sampling
    • 2.3 Analog-to-digital conversion
    • 2.4 Digital-to-analog conversion
    • 2.5 Data acquisition systems
    • 2.6 Optical sensing DAQ system
    • 2.7 Conclusion and future trends
    • 2.8 References
  • 3. Commonly used sensors for civil infrastructures and their associated algorithms
    • Abstract:
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Brief review of commonly used sensing technologies
    • 3.3 Associated algorithms
    • 3.4 Examples of continuous monitoring systems
    • 3.5 Conclusions and future trends
    • 3.6 References
  • 4. Piezoelectric transducers for assessing and monitoring civil infrastructures
    • Abstract:
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Principle of piezoelectricity
    • 4.3 Piezoelectric materials and the fabrication of piezoelectric transducers
    • 4.4 Piezoelectric transducers for SHM applications
    • 4.5 Bonding effects
    • 4.6 Limitations of piezoelectric transducers
    • 4.7 SHM techniques using piezoelectric transducers
    • 4.8 Applications of piezoelectric transducer-based SHM
    • 4.9 Future trends
    • 4.10 Conclusion
    • 4.11 Reference


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About the editors

Jerome P. Lynch

Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, USA

Ming L. Wang

Distinguished Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, USA.

Hoon Sohn

Professor Hoon Sohn, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea.