Ammar Zalt

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Sherif A. Yehia

Second Advisor

Dr. Osama Abudayyeh

Third Advisor

Dr. Ikhlas Abdelqader

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Structural health monitoring using sensor technology is a promising way to provide excellent means for protecting important structures such as bridges, dams, and nuclear reactors. These sensors provide real-time information about structural conditions, They work together as a nervous system to provide timely information for emergency and risk mitigation. The information obtained from these sensors can later be analyzed and compared to the design data so that the problem can be detected and fixed before it develops into a serious and costly hazard.

Throughout the course of this thesis the feasibility and performance of two types of sensors will be assessed and evaluated. Different mechanical properties of concrete will be also studied. The short-term evaluation of these sensors shows that both has the potential to be embedded inside concrete bridges and would be able to detect defects at their onset.