skip to main content
DOE Patents title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Optically-based interstory drift meter system for rapid assessment of the earthquake response of building structures

Abstract

A sensor system provides measurement of building interstory drift based on a laser beam impinging on a discrete diode sensor array. The diode sensor array determines the location at which a projected laser bean strikes the array, which provides a direct measurement of interstory drift. The diode sensor array is a two dimensional array of discrete diodes that allow the location of an impinging laser beam to be very accurately tracked as the beam moves back-and-forth across the diode array. Local rotations of the laser source that result from rotations of structural members (e.g. floor beam rotation) are appropriately corrected for. This allows accurate, dynamic measurements of the interstory drift between two floor levels of a shaking building.

Inventors:
; ; ;
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1493336
Patent Number(s):
10,168,245
Application Number:
15/509,757
Assignee:
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2016 Apr 27
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION

Citation Formats

McCallen, David B., Coates, Jason, Repanich, Nick, and Wattenburg, William Harvey. Optically-based interstory drift meter system for rapid assessment of the earthquake response of building structures. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
McCallen, David B., Coates, Jason, Repanich, Nick, & Wattenburg, William Harvey. Optically-based interstory drift meter system for rapid assessment of the earthquake response of building structures. United States.
McCallen, David B., Coates, Jason, Repanich, Nick, and Wattenburg, William Harvey. Tue . "Optically-based interstory drift meter system for rapid assessment of the earthquake response of building structures". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1493336.
@article{osti_1493336,
title = {Optically-based interstory drift meter system for rapid assessment of the earthquake response of building structures},
author = {McCallen, David B. and Coates, Jason and Repanich, Nick and Wattenburg, William Harvey},
abstractNote = {A sensor system provides measurement of building interstory drift based on a laser beam impinging on a discrete diode sensor array. The diode sensor array determines the location at which a projected laser bean strikes the array, which provides a direct measurement of interstory drift. The diode sensor array is a two dimensional array of discrete diodes that allow the location of an impinging laser beam to be very accurately tracked as the beam moves back-and-forth across the diode array. Local rotations of the laser source that result from rotations of structural members (e.g. floor beam rotation) are appropriately corrected for. This allows accurate, dynamic measurements of the interstory drift between two floor levels of a shaking building.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {1}
}

Patent:

Save / Share: