Patent Number: 6,332,365

Title: Method and devices for detecting flexure, and structure such as a geotechnical or building structure equipped with such a device

Abstract: To detect by means of a long-baseline system the global bending strain of a structure (1), i.e. by detecting the accumulated local bending strains over a distance of at least two meters, detection lines (8, 11), preferably optical fiber lines, which indicate the extent of their elongation by an increased attenuation of the light pulses which run through them, are used. To detect the direction and the extent of the flexure of the structure (1), the latter is closely associated with a model comprising a matrix (13) which follows the flexural bending strains of the structure (1), and at least one, preferably two detection lines (8, 11) suitably located in the matrix cross-section so that their elongation variations and/or the differences between their respective elongation variations are indicative of the flexure of the model, which gives indications on the flexure of the structure (1). The invention is useful in determining the straight or distorted flexure or contraflexure of structures not easily accessible or partially inaccessible, to measure level variations on one or several axes.

Inventors: Hodac; Bernard (F-75018 Paris, FR)


International Classification: G01B 11/16 (20060101); G01D 5/353 (20060101); G01M 11/08 (20060101); G01D 5/26 (20060101); G01L 001/24 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018