Measuring structural deformations in the laboratory environment using smartphones

Kromanis, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-3477-1666, Xu, Y., Lydon, D., Martinez del Rincon, J. and Al-Habaibeh, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9867-6011, 2019. Measuring structural deformations in the laboratory environment using smartphones. Frontiers in Built Environment, 5: 44. ISSN 2297-3362

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The engineering education and research sectors are interlinked, and there exists a need within both for readily deployable low-cost systems. Smartphones are affordable and easy to use technology available to almost everyone. Images or video frames taken with smartphone cameras, of structures subjected to loadings, can be analyzed to measure structural deformations. Such applications are very useful for university students and researchers when performing tests in laboratory environments. This paper investigates the feasibility of using smartphone technologies to measure structural deformation in the laboratory environment. Images and videos collected while structures are subjected to static, dynamic, and quasi-static loadings are analyzed with freeware and proprietary software. This study demonstrates capabilities of smartphone technologies, when coupled with suitable image processing software, for providing accurate information about structural deformations. Smartphones and open source software are affordable and available in comparison to professional cameras and proprietary software. The technology can be further developed to be used in real world environments to monitor deformation of engineering structures.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Frontiers in Built Environment
Creators: Kromanis, R., Xu, Y., Lydon, D., Martinez del Rincon, J. and Al-Habaibeh, A.
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Date: 4 April 2019
Volume: 5
ISSN: 2297-3362
Rights: © 2019 Kromanis, Xu, Lydon, Martinez del Rincon and Al-Habaibeh. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 12 Apr 2019 08:01
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 08:01

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