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ISRN Construction Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 149458, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/149458
Research Article

Health Monitoring of Nuclear Structure Containment Using Strain Gauges to Assess the Integrity

1Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu 630006, India
2Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR), Mysore, Karnataka 570020, India

Received 3 June 2013; Accepted 27 June 2013

Academic Editors: S. Barakat, T. Bilir, and C. Chalioris

Copyright © 2013 A. K. Parande et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Assessment of concrete structures and prediction of their health and life could be possible by online monitoring of the stress/strain level and is an intelligent tool to prevent accidents. Measuring strain pattern on structures is vital to evaluate the health of forced members. The present paper describes the methodology, instrumentation line up, and coding for LabVIEW software for continuous online strain data acquisition of structures for nuclear structures. The performance of strain gauges on concrete and steel containment structures of nuclear reactor and to assess the integrity and health of the containment structure is emphases in this research paper.