Automated manufacturing of tunnel segment

Tresor Tshimbombo*, Marcus Perry, Hamish Dow, Jack McAlorum, Chris Hoy, Chrysoula Litina

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This project aim to robotically deploy vibrating wireless strain gauges (VWSG) into small scale steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) tunnel segment making it smart. The VWSGs connected to an autonomous wireless node can establish ad-hoc modular networks with other smart segments and the segment properties can be tracked through their whole lifecycle. The main objective pursued are: (i) the design, the implementation, and the performance assessment of the robotic process of installing the sensors; (ii) the design, the fabrication and the mechanical testing of smart segment under cyclical loadings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number124861C
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2023
EventSensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2023 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: 13 Mar 202316 Mar 2023


  • concrete tunnel segment
  • construction automation
  • sensors
  • Smart tunnel segment
  • structural health monitoring


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