Self-powered piezo-floating-gate sensors for health monitoring of steel plates

Hassene Hasni, Amir H. Alavi, Nizar Lajnef, Mohamed Abdelbarr, Sami F. Masri, Shantanu Chakrabartty

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This paper presents a new method for structural health monitoring using self-powered piezo-floating-gate (PFG) sensors with variable injection rates. An experimental study was performed on an A36 thin steel plate subjected to an in-plane tension mode to verify the proposed method. Different piezoelectric transducers were mounted on the plate for both empowering the sensor and monitoring the damage progression. The changes of charge on the floating-gates of the sensor due to electron injection were considered as damage indicator parameters. In order to improve the damage detection accuracy, several features were extracted from the cumulative voltage droppage for each memory gate, based on sensor group concept. The obtained features were then fed into a support vector machine (SVM) classifier to identify multiple damage states. An optimization process was developed to optimize the parameters of the classifier in order to increase the detection rate accuracy. Based on the results, the performance of the proposed method is satisfactory for detecting damage progression in steel plates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-601
Number of pages18
JournalEngineering Structures
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017


  • Damage detection
  • Piezo-floating-gate
  • Self-powered wireless sensor
  • Steel plates
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Support vector machine


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