As you know, thanks to INFRASTAR we can travel to the partner institutions and work there with fellow Early Stage Researchers. Now at EPFL we have a visitor from France - Antoine. He's working on crack opening measurements using distributed fibre optics strain gauges. He got some nice results with ordinary concrete, thus we have decided to put them into my beams.
We've started the preparation of common experiment in September, when he came to Lausanne to glue some of his fibres on rebars, and to cast the beams with me. I must admit, that we have prepared a massive amount of sensors for some of the beams ;)
Some of the beams prepared in this way will be tested in static, while the others in fatigue.
Thanks to that, he'll check if his method works with UHPFRC, and I'll get more interesting data on my specimens.
So, it's a WIN-WIN situation - that's how the cooperation should look like!