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Sensors 2017, 17(2), 265; doi:10.3390/s17020265

A Review of Passive RFID Tag Antenna-Based Sensors and Systems for Structural Health Monitoring Applications

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School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
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School of Automation Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China
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Academic Editor: Vittorio M.N. Passaro
Received: 12 December 2016 / Revised: 18 January 2017 / Accepted: 23 January 2017 / Published: 29 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in UK)
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Abstract

In recent few years, the antenna and sensor communities have witnessed a considerable integration of radio frequency identification (RFID) tag antennas and sensors because of the impetus provided by internet of things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems (CPS). Such types of sensor can find potential applications in structural health monitoring (SHM) because of their passive, wireless, simple, compact size, and multimodal nature, particular in large scale infrastructures during their lifecycle. The big data from these ubiquitous sensors are expected to generate a big impact for intelligent monitoring. A remarkable number of scientific papers demonstrate the possibility that objects can be remotely tracked and intelligently monitored for their physical/chemical/mechanical properties and environment conditions. Most of the work focuses on antenna design, and significant information has been generated to demonstrate feasibilities. Further information is needed to gain deep understanding of the passive RFID antenna sensor systems in order to make them reliable and practical. Nevertheless, this information is scattered over much literature. This paper is to comprehensively summarize and clearly highlight the challenges and state-of-the-art methods of passive RFID antenna sensors and systems in terms of sensing and communication from system point of view. Future trends are also discussed. The future research and development in UK are suggested as well. View Full-Text
Keywords: structural health monitoring (SHM); radio frequency identification (RFID); passive sensors; antenna; strain; crack; corrosion structural health monitoring (SHM); radio frequency identification (RFID); passive sensors; antenna; strain; crack; corrosion
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Zhang, J.; Tian, G.Y.; Marindra, A.M.J.; Sunny, A.I.; Zhao, A.B. A Review of Passive RFID Tag Antenna-Based Sensors and Systems for Structural Health Monitoring Applications. Sensors 2017, 17, 265.

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