Embedded UHF RFID Tag for Durability Monitoring in Concrete

This paper describes the design of a battery-assisted Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) Radio-Frequency IDentification (RFID) tag suitable for embedding in concrete materials and its measurement in a mortar slab. The device is built to communicate wirelessly not only the ID number of the RFID chip but also the digitalized output of a strain gauge sensor. Design optimizations of the RFID antenna is based on published permittivity and conductivity values of concrete. Experimental read ranges are measured from 800 to 1000 MHz with the help of commercial test equipment. Reading is possible up to 50 cm from the surface of a mortar block for a tag embedded 5 cm below the surface. This result is the first published one for RFID tags embedded in concrete or mortar.

  • Authors:
    • LAHEURTE, Jean Marc
    • KABALAN, Aladdin
    • RETIMA, Houssam
    • PIEDALLU, Eric
    • MICHELIS, Fulvio
    • LEBENTAL, Bérengère
  • Publication Date: 2016


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  • Accession Number: 01629320
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institut Francais des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l'Amenagement et des Reseaux (IFSTTAR)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 17 2017 10:35AM