In mid-October, Linqing Luo (Research Scientist at LBL) and James Xu (Ph.D. Student at CEE) helped install fiber optic cables for structural health monitoring of wind turbines in Oklahoma through their work at the Center for Smart Infrastructure. Using distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS), analyzers can detect the dynamic strain, which can help identify structural degradation. This technology can help to build innovative infrastructure within critical clean energy systems.
The Center for Smart Infrastructure develops and tests emerging technologies, including intelligent systems and networks, remote sensing and monitoring, and data analytics for decision-making. The center hosts a large-scale testing facility to develop intelligent infrastructure system components and test smart construction and maintenance methods. The center also uses computer simulation, data analytics, and robotics technologies & remote monitoring methods to examine infrastructure systems' resiliency in aging, energy management, climate change, and cascading failures using state-of-the-art data and AI tools.