A bored pile deficiency detection method based on optical fiber temperature measurement

Henglin Xiao, Xilin Cui, Wenkai Lei

Institute of Geotechnical Engineering and Underground Construction, School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan, 430068, China

Optical Fiber Technology, Volume 21, January 2015, Pages 1–6


In this paper, a new deficiency detection method for bored piles is proposed based on the optical fiber temperature measurement. In this method, only one optical fiber cable is adopted for both measurement and transmission. By studying the heat transfer process between optical fiber and bored pile, the basic principle of the distributed optical fiber technique for bored pile integrity assessment is described. The detection equation is also derived. In addition, model tests are carried out at different heating powers, and the results show the temperature rise in the optical fiber cable is in direct proportion to the heating power. Deficiencies can be identified from analyzing the coefficients in the temperature rise – heating power expressions. Moreover, different values of temperature rise in air and in concrete are obtained when a same heating power is applied. The results imply that the proposed optical fiber temperature measurement can be considered as a possible way of detecting the bored pile deficiency and its mode by analyzing the values of temperature rise.


Optical fiber temperature measurement; Bored pile; Integrity; Pile foundation detection; Temperature


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