Attending the 6th International Summer School on SMART MATERIALS & STRUCTURES

Here I am again ! Hope you had a Great summer vacations !

After Being attracted by the name of Prof. Branko Glisic, and after earning one of the five scholarships intended to help international students, I attended the 6th International summer school on SMART MATERIALS & STRUCTURES with Xin (ESR2) and Joyraj (ESR3) at the University of Trento, Italy which was held from 25th to the 28th of July.

The first day was without a doubt the most interesting for me. Prof. Branko Glisic gave 3 lectures :
- An introduction to Fiber Optic Sensors
- Long Gauge Sensors and Global Structural Health monitoring
- Distributed Sensors and Integrity Monitoring

It was a resume of almost 20 years of experience in applying FOS for civil engineering structures.
Prof. Glisic took his PhD degree from EPFL university in Lausanne, switzerland and then moved to the industrial field as an R&D engineer in SMARTEC SA, Switzerland to finally end up  in the academic field working as a professor in Princeton un…

Fiber optics technology: Diverse fields of application

Hello everyone !!

As mentioned in my last blog, I will present this time a small summary on the history of fiber optics technology and its application in different fields especially civil engineering.

The history of fiber optic cables actually dates back to the mid-1800s, where Daniel Colladon and Jacques Babinet in Paris demonstrated for the first time that light can be guided by refraction by describing the experiment of "Light fountain". Later scientists started toying around with the idea of using the speed of light to transit information and continued to push forward until reaching fiber optics cables with high data rate and long distance transmission.
Today's technology finds fiber optics in many industries, in a variety of applications:
Medical field: They are used in devices such as flexible image bundles, illumination and light conductors, for light therapy surgical microscopy and endoscopy and miniaturization of medical devices. Furthermore, according to this me…

Fiber optics ! How it works ?


In the framework of  INFRASTAR project , I feel lucky to work on a new technology that made its way in our life as fast as speed of light !

Well, it's not a coincidence because the hole idea of fiber optics is based on the propagation of light ! But how does it work ? It is absolutely the first question to ask !!

Well, let me explain !! 😏

Remember your first phone when you were a kid ? Unless you are an iGen kid, your first phone has to be a two tin cans tied with a string ! And it worked pretty good !

Now imagine a high-tech version of that using pipe instead of a string. Shining a flashlight down that pipe could be seen at the other end, despite curves and twists. Turning the light on and off would allow you to communicate via Morse code.

Essentially, this is how fiber optic cables work but they can carry milllions of conversations and billions of bits of information per second !

Optical fiber is made by drawing glass or plastic to a desired length and diameter, sl…

Yeah it's me...ESR2 !!

Hello everyone !
Finally, ESR's blog is launched and the time has come to spread the word about INFRASTAR project and more particularly my INTERESTING PhD project 👌👌
Since it is my first message in this blog, I think it is important to present myself, my background and give a short summary on the things I've done during my first six months of work !!
So my name is Antoine Bassil. It looks like a French name but I'm not French, I'm a 23 years old Lebanese guy, born in a small but beautiful village called CHADRA in the north of Lebanon. Fascinated by the big reconstruction projects being held in Beirut after many years of civil war, I moved at 18 years old to the Lebanese capital after reaching my first big goal by being accepted in one of the best engineering universities, the Lebanese University (LU).
Knowing that setting goals helps laying the groundwork for success, my next goal was to explore the world of research in civil engineering, so coming to France was the…