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Xavier Chapeleau

I am a research scientist (CR) at Université Gustave Eiffel.

Research interests / field of activity

The main research work concerns fiber optic sensors (from modelling to application) for the monitoring of civil engineering structures.

Short bio

I obtained a PhD degree at the University of Nantes in 2004. I studied the characterization (spectral and intrinsic features) of Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors by a Low Coherence Interference technique. At the Université Gustave Eiffel (former Ifsttar), I am working on the applications of fiber optic sensing techniques to monitor civil engineering structures. In the I4S team, I am also involved in testing algorithms based on vibration mechanics for the structural health monitoring of wind turbines.

PhD student supervision

  • Antoine Bassil (Oct. 2016 – Nov. 2019). Phd thesis: Distributed fiber optics sensing for crack monitoring of concrete structures.
    Supervisor: Dr. Xavier Chapeleau | Co­director: Dr. Odile Abraham (Université Gustave Eiffel) | Director: Dr. Dominique Leduc (University of Nantes)
  • Quentin Sourisseau (since 2018). Subject: Evaluation of dimensioning strategies for composites bonded to metal structures. In partnership with Bureau Veritas.
    Supervisors: Dr. Xavier Chapeleau, Dr. Emilie Lepretre (Université Gustave Eiffel), Luc Mouton (Bureau Veritas) | Director: Dr. Sylvain Chataigner (Université Gustave Eiffel)

Recent projects

  • Infrastar (2016 – 2019) : In the work package Monitoring and auscultation, I was the supervisor of Antoine Bassil (ESR2) that worked on the measurement of crack width in concrete structures by a distributed fiber optics sensing technique.


UGE – Campus de Nantes
Allée des Ponts et Chaussées
44340 Bouguenais

e-mail: xavier.chapeleau(at)