Paper Information

Journal:   INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING   2018 , Volume 10 , Number 1; Page(s) 29 To 35.
 
Paper: 

PREDICTION OF STRAIN VALUES IN REINFORCEMENTS AND CONCRETE OF A RC FRAME USING NEURAL NETWORKS

 
 
Author(s):  VAFAEI MOHAMMADREZA*, ALIH SOPHIA C., SHAD HOSSEIN, FALAH ALI, FALAHI ABDUL HALIM NUR HAJARUL
 
* CENTER FOR FORENSIC ENGINEERING, FACULTY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA, JOHOR BAHRU, JOHOR, MALAYSIA
 
Abstract: 

The level of strain in structural elements is an important indicator for the presence of damage and its intensity. Considering this fact, often structural health monitoring systems employ strain gauges to measure strains in critical elements. However, because of their sensitivity to the magnetic fields, inadequate long-term durability especially in harsh environments, difficulties in installation on existing structures, and maintenance cost, installation of strain gauges is not always possible for all structural components. Therefore, a reliable method that can accurately estimate strain values in critical structural elements is necessary for damage identification. In this study, a full-scale test was conducted on a planar RC frame to investigate the capability of neural networks for predicting the strain values. Two neural networks each of which having a single hidden layer was trained to relate the measured rotations and vertical displacements of the frame to the strain values measured at different locations of the frame. Results of trained neural networks indicated that they accurately estimated the strain values both in reinforcements and concrete. In addition, the trained neural networks were capable of predicting strains for the unseen input data set.

 
Keyword(s): DAMAGE DETECTION, NEURAL NETWORKS, STRAIN MEASUREMENT, RC FRAME, CONCRETE STRUCTURE
 
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