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  1. A comparison of brazed metal and epoxied fibre Bragg grating strain sensors under high strain regimes

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    Mckeeman, I.; Niewczas, P.; Khan, S.

    2017-04-01

    Three different fibre Bragg grating strain sensors were tested for their suitability for measuring high strain. The sensor types were: a bare epoxied fibre Bragg grating, a standard fibre Bragg grating epoxied into a metal capillary and, finally, a metal coated fibre Bragg grating brazed into a metal capillary. The sensors were calibrated on a steel specimen up to 1400MPa (equivalent to 7.3mɛ). The results show that the bare epoxied Bragg grating and the metal packaged grating are suitable for measuring strains of this level.

  2. High frequency strain measurements with fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Koch, J.; Angelmahr, M.; Schade, W.

    2015-05-01

    In recent years fiber Bragg grating sensors gained interest in structural health monitoring and concepts for smart structures. They are small, lightweight, and immune to electromagnetic interference. Using multiplexing techniques, several sensors can be addressed by a single fiber. Therefore, well-established structures and materials in industrial applications can be easily equipped with fiber optical sensors with marginal influence on their mechanical properties. In return, critical components can be monitored in real-time, leading to reduced maintenance intervals and a great reduction of costs. Beside of generally condition monitoring, the localization of failures in a structure is a desired feature of the condition monitoring system. Detecting the acoustic emission of a sudden event, its place of origin can be determined by analyzing the delay time of distributed sensor signals. To achieve high localization accuracies for the detection of cracks, breaks, and impacts high sampling rates combined with the simultaneous interrogation of several fiber Bragg grating sensors are required. In this article a fiber Bragg grating interrogator for high frequency measurements up to the megahertz range is presented. The interrogator is based on a passive wavelength to intensity conversion applying arrayed waveguide gratings. Light power fluctuations are suppressed by a differential data evaluation, leading to a reduced signal-to-noise ratio and a low strain detection limit. The measurement system is used to detect, inter alia, wire breaks in steel wire ropes for dockside cranes.

  3. Fiber Bragg grating strain sensor for hard rocks

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    Castro-Caicedo, Alvaro; Nieto-Callejas, María. J.; Torres, Pedro

    2015-09-01

    Strain is an important property to be measured in rock structures such as tunnels, slopes, dams, and mining. However, commercial surface mountable fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors are packaged in planar configuration, which is not appropriate for the irregular surface of the rocks since an unacceptable bonding layer fails to transfer the strain from the rock to the FBG. As a first approach to this problem, in this work we analyze packaged FBG sensors for cylindrical samples of hard rocks. A calibration process was carried out to evaluate the performance of the packaging and bonding layer as compared to electrical resistance strain gage methods. We show the importance of both packaging and bonding layer in FBG sensor technology for measuring strain in hard rocks.

  4. Use of Dual-Grating Sensors Formed by Different Types of Fiber Bragg Gratings for Simultaneous Temperature and Strain Measurements

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    Shu, Xuewen; Zhao, Donghui; Zhang, Lin; Bennion, Ian

    2004-04-01

    We report on a systematic investigation of the dependence of both temperature and strain sensitivities on the fiber Bragg grating type, including the well-known Type I, Type IIA, and a new type that we have designated Type IA, using both hydrogen-free and hydrogenated B/Ge codoped fibres. We have identified distinct sensitivity characteristics for each grating type, and we have used them to implement a novel dual-grating, dual-parameter sensor device. Three dual-grating sensing schemes with different combinations of grating type have been constructed and compared, and that of a Type IA-Type IIA combination exhibits the best performance, which is also superior to that of previously reported grating-based structures. The characteristics of the measurement errors in such dual-grating sensor systems is also presented in detail.

  5. Fiber Bragg gratings strain measuring system and a sensor calibration setup based on mechanical nanomotion transducer

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    Lazarev, Vladimir A.; Leonov, Stanislav O.; Tarabrin, Mikhail K.; Karasik, Valerii E.

    2017-06-01

    Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors are powerful tools for structural health monitoring applications. However, FBG sensor fabrication and packaging processes can lead to a non-linear behavior, that affects the accuracy of the strain measurements. Here we present a novel nondestructive calibration technique for FBG strain sensors that use a mechanical nanomotion transducer. A customized calibration setup was designed based on dovetail-type slideways that were mechanized using a stepping motor. The performance of the FBG strain sensor was investigated through analysis of experimental data, and the calibration curves for the FBG strain sensor are presented.

  6. On the use of optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor technology for strain modal analysis

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    Peeters, Bart; dos Santos, Fábio Luis Marques; Pereira, Andreia; Araujo, Francisco

    2014-05-01

    This paper discusses the use of optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors for structural dynamics measurements. For certain industrial applications, there is an interest to use strain sensors rather than or in combination with accelerometers for experimental modal analysis. Classical electrical strain gauges can be used hereto, but optical strain sensors are an interesting alternative with some very specific advantages. This paper gives an overview of dynamic strain measurements in industrial applications, discusses the benefits of FBG sensors and reviews their measurement principle. Finally, the concept of strain modal analysis is introduced and a helicopter main rotor blade vibration testing and analysis case study is presented.

  7. Large strain detection of SRM composite shell based on fiber Bragg grating sensor

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    Zhang, Lei; Chang, Xinlong; Zhang, Youhong; Yang, Fan

    2017-09-01

    There may be more than 2% strain of carbon fiber composite material on solid rocket motor (SRM) in some extreme cases. A surface-bonded silica fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensor coated by polymer is designed to detect the large strain of composite material. The strain transfer relation of the FBG large strain sensor is deduced, and the strain transfer mechanism is verified by finite element simulation. To calibrate the sensors, the tensile test is done by using the carbon fiber composite plate specimen attached to the designed strain sensor. The results show that the designed sensor can detect the strain more than 3%, the strain sensitivity is 0.0762 pm/μɛ, the resolution is 13.13μɛ, and the fitting degree of the wavelength-strain curve fitting function is 0.9988. The accuracy and linearity of the sensor can meet the engineering requirements.

  8. Alenia Shm Fiber Optic Bragg Grating (Fobg) Strain Sensors Technology: Applications And Requirements

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2006-10-01

    identify the most convenient and efficient FBG surface installation procedure can be summarized describing the subsequent steps to accomplish. In the...specimen, • Preparation of the adhesive, • Alignment of the sensor on the specimen, • Placing of FBG sensor on surface, • Clamping of sensor and...pressure force , • Temperature cure of sensor, Alenia SHM Fiber Optic Bragg Grating (FOBG) Strain Sensors Technology: Applications and Requirements 7

  9. Coaxial cable Bragg grating sensors for large strain measurement with high accuracy

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    Huang, Jie; Wei, Tao; Lan, Xinwei; Fan, Jun; Xiao, Hai

    2012-04-01

    In this paper, a new coaxial cable Bragg grating (CCBG) is developed as a strain sensor and the sensor's capacity for large range strain measurement in structural health monitoring (SHM) is demonstrated for the first time. The sensor device is comprised of regularly spaced periodic discontinuities along a coaxial cable. The discontinuities are fabricated using a computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine to drill holes in the cable. Each discontinuity generates a weak reflection to the electromagnetic wave propagating inside the cable. Superposition of these weak reflections produces a strong reflection at discrete frequencies that can be explained by Bragg grating theory. By monitoring the resonant frequency shift of the sensor's reflection or transmission spectra, strain measurement sensitivity of 20μɛ and a dynamic range of 50000μɛ (5%) were demonstrated for axial strain measurements. The experimental results show that the CCBG sensors perform well for large strain measurement needed in structural health monitoring (SHM).

  10. Simultaneous strain and directional bending sensor based on eccentric-core fiber Bragg grating

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    Kong, Jing; Ouyang, Xiaowei; Zhou, Ai; Yuan, Libo

    2017-04-01

    A fiber sensor based on cascaded eccentric-core fiber Bragg grating (ECFBG) and single mode fiber Bragg grating (SMFBG) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated to realize bending and axial strain measurement simultaneously. The ECFBG is sensitive to both bending and axial strain, and the SMFBG is insensitive to bend but sensitive to axial strain. The maximum bending sensitivities of the ECFBG are 36 pm/m-1 and -37 pm/m-1 at the bending direction of 0° and 180°, respectively. The strain sensitivities of the ECFBG and SMFBG are 0.76 pm/μɛ and 0.72 pm/μɛ, respectively.

  11. A novel long-period fiber grating sensor for large strain measurement

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    Chen, Genda; Xiao, Hai; Huang, Ying; Zhou, Zhi; Zhang, Yinan

    2009-03-01

    Critical buildings such as hospitals and police stations must remain functional immediately following a major earthquake event. Due to earthquake effects, they often experience large strains, leading to progressive collapses. Therefore, monitoring and assessing the large strain condition of critical buildings is of paramount importance to post-earthquake responses and evacuations in earthquake-prone regions. In this study, a novel large strain sensor based on the long period fiber grating (LPFG) technology is proposed and developed. CO2 laser induced LPFG sensors are characterized for such mechanical properties as strain sensitivity in extension and flexure, sensor stability, and measurement range. For practical applications, the need for LPFG sensor packaging is identified and verified in laboratory implementations. By introducing various strain transfer mechanisms, the strain sensitivity of LPFG sensors can be customized for different applications at corresponding strain transfer ratios.

  12. Isolation of Thermal and Strain Responses in Composites Using Embedded Fiber Bragg Grating Temperature Sensors

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2013-05-10

    epoxy resin to the optical fibers; the curing process described below ensured that they bonded well to the carbon fiber fabric. The middle layer...13. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 14. ABSTRACT In this research, fiber Bragg grating (FBG) optical temperature sensors are used for structural health...surface of a composite structure. FBG sensors also respond to axial strain in the optical fiber, thus any structural strain experienced by the composite

  13. Research of three-dimensional force sensor based on multiplexed fiber Bragg grating strain sensors

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    Xu, Hui-Chao; Wang, Su; Miao, Xin-Gang

    2017-04-01

    Most safety problems of architectural structures are caused by structural deformation, and the structures usually deform in more than one direction. So it is important and necessary to collect the safety monitoring data from all directions. Conventional fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors cannot fully meet the requirements of a modern safety monitoring system in practical application. Therefore, the research of a three-dimensional (3-D) force sensor that can expand the application range of fiber optic sensing technology is necessary and significant. A 3-D force sensor based on multiplexed FBG strain sensors is proposed, which can be used to measure 3-D force on a structure under test, force distribution, and the trend of relative microdeformation. The sensor that has an integral structure with a design has been described in detail, and its sensing principle has been investigated. The results of calibration experiments show that it can accurately and effectively realize the 3-D force measurement with good linearity, repeatability, and consistency. Experimental and analytical results both demonstrate its feasibility. It can work in harsh environments due to its good stability and anti-interference ability. The sensor proposed in this paper has great engineering application value and application prospects in the field of structure health monitoring.

  14. Highly sensitive long-period fiber-grating strain sensor with low temperature sensitivity.

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    Wang, Yi-Ping; Xiao, Limin; Wang, D N; Jin, Wei

    2006-12-01

    A long-period fiber-grating sensor with a high strain sensitivity of -7.6 pm/microepsilon and a low temperature sensitivity of 3.91 pm/ degrees C is fabricated by use of focused CO(2) laser beam to carve periodic grooves on a large- mode-area photonic crystal fiber. Such a strain sensor can effectively reduce the cross-sensitivity between strain and temperature, and the temperature-induced strain error obtained is only 0.5 microepsilon/ degrees C without using temperature compensation.

  15. Transverse strain measurements using fiber optic grating based sensors

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    Udd, Eric (Inventor)

    1998-01-01

    A system and method to sense the application of transverse stress to an optical fiber which includes a light source that producing a relatively wide spectrum light beam. The light beam is reflected or transmitted off of an optical grating in the core of an optical fiber that is transversely stressed either directly or by the exposure to pressure when the fiber is bifringent so that the optical fiber responds to the pressure to transversely stress its core. When transversely stressed, the optical grating produces a reflection or transmission from the light beam that has two peaks or minimums in its frequency spectrum whose spacing and/or spread are indicative of the forces applied to the fiber. One or more detectors sense the reflection or transmissions from the optical grating to produce an output representative of the applied force. Multiple optical gratings and detectors may be employed to simultaneously measure temperature or the forces at different locations along the fiber.

  16. Experimental study of steel welded joints localization with using fiber Bragg grating strain sensor

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    Harasim, Damian

    2015-12-01

    Optical sensing systems has a not weakening research and development in recent years. Because of its unique properties of being unsusceptible to electromagnetic interference, having wide range of operational temperature and having extreme small physical dimensions, optical fiber sensors has increasing acceptance. Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) is the most frequently used type of optical sensor types because of its huge multiplexing potential and potentiality of being embedded into composite material (e.g. in structural health monitoring) or attached into measured structure. Embedding or attaching FBG into an inhomogeneous environment, spectral characteristic of the sensing grating do not retain full symmetry, which is due to related differences in the distribution of the axial stress of the grating. When periodicity of the grating is constant, the peak of FBG reflection spectrum should be narrow and sharp. An inhomogeneous axial strain distribution will cause a distorsion in measured transmission or reflection spectrum. This paper shows an distorsions in FBG reflection spectrum measured from sensor attached on surface with welded joint. The sensor strain-to-wavelength shift processing characteristics obtained for homogeneous and welded steel samples were compared.

  17. Flat-Cladding Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for Large Strain Amplitude Fatigue Tests

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    Feng, Aihen; Chen, Daolun; Li, Cheng; Gu, Xijia

    2010-01-01

    We have successfully developed a flat-cladding fiber Bragg grating sensor for large cyclic strain amplitude tests of up to ±8,000 με. The increased contact area between the flat-cladding fiber and substrate, together with the application of a new bonding process, has significantly increased the bonding strength. In the push-pull fatigue tests of an aluminum alloy, the plastic strain amplitudes measured by three optical fiber sensors differ only by 0.43% at a cyclic strain amplitude of ±7,000 με and 1.9% at a cyclic strain amplitude of ±8,000 με. We also applied the sensor on an extruded magnesium alloy for evaluating the peculiar asymmetric hysteresis loops. The results obtained were in good agreement with those measured from the extensometer, a further validation of the sensor. PMID:22163621

  18. Fiber Bragg grating dynamic strain sensor using an adaptive reflective semiconductor optical amplifier source.

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    Wei, Heming; Tao, Chuanyi; Zhu, Yinian; Krishnaswamy, Sridhar

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, a reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) is configured to demodulate dynamic spectral shifts of a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) dynamic strain sensor. The FBG sensor and the RSOA source form an adaptive fiber cavity laser. As the reflective spectrum of the FBG sensor changes due to dynamic strains, the wavelength of the laser output shifts accordingly, which is subsequently converted into a corresponding phase shift and demodulated by an unbalanced Michelson interferometer. Due to the short transition time of the RSOA, the RSOA-FBG cavity can respond to dynamic strains at high frequencies extending to megahertz. A demodulator using a PID controller is used to compensate for low-frequency drifts induced by temperature and large quasi-static strains. As the sensitivity of the demodulator is a function of the optical path difference and the FBG spectral width, optimal parameters to obtain high sensitivity are presented. Multiplexing to demodulate multiple FBG sensors is also discussed.

  19. Ultrasonic Sensitivity of Strain-Insensitive Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors and Evaluation of Ultrasound-Induced Strain

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    Tsuda, Hiroshi; Kumakura, Kenji; Ogihara, Shinji

    2010-01-01

    In conventional ultrasound detection in structures, a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is glued on or embedded in the structure. However, application of strain to the structure can influence the sensitivity of the FBG toward ultrasound and can prevent its effective detection. An FBG can work as a strain-insensitive ultrasound sensor when it is not directly glued to the monitored structure, but is instead applied to a small thin plate to form a mobile sensor. Another possible configuration is to affix an FBG-inscribed optical fiber without the grating section attached to the monitored structure. In the present study, sensitivity to ultrasound propagated through an aluminum plate was compared for a strain-insensitive FBG sensor and an FBG sensor installed in a conventional manner. Strains induced by ultrasound from a piezoelectric transducer and by quasi-acoustic emission of a pencil lead break were also quantitatively evaluated from the response amplitude of the FBG sensor. Experimental results showed that the reduction in the signal-to-noise ratio for ultrasound detection with strain-insensitive FBG sensors, relative to traditionally-installed FBG sensors, was only 6 dB, and the ultrasound-induced strain varied within a range of sub-micron strains. PMID:22163523

  20. Ultrasonic sensitivity of strain-insensitive fiber Bragg grating sensors and evaluation of ultrasound-induced strain.

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    Tsuda, Hiroshi; Kumakura, Kenji; Ogihara, Shinji

    2010-01-01

    In conventional ultrasound detection in structures, a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is glued on or embedded in the structure. However, application of strain to the structure can influence the sensitivity of the FBG toward ultrasound and can prevent its effective detection. An FBG can work as a strain-insensitive ultrasound sensor when it is not directly glued to the monitored structure, but is instead applied to a small thin plate to form a mobile sensor. Another possible configuration is to affix an FBG-inscribed optical fiber without the grating section attached to the monitored structure. In the present study, sensitivity to ultrasound propagated through an aluminum plate was compared for a strain-insensitive FBG sensor and an FBG sensor installed in a conventional manner. Strains induced by ultrasound from a piezoelectric transducer and by quasi-acoustic emission of a pencil lead break were also quantitatively evaluated from the response amplitude of the FBG sensor. Experimental results showed that the reduction in the signal-to-noise ratio for ultrasound detection with strain-insensitive FBG sensors, relative to traditionally-installed FBG sensors, was only 6 dB, and the ultrasound-induced strain varied within a range of sub-micron strains.

  1. Development of a low-cost and miniaturized fiber Bragg grating strain sensor system

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    Yuan, Lili; Zhao, Yao; Sato, Shinya

    2017-05-01

    A fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensor system that measures strains from reflected power changes of FBGs is presented. A laser diode used as a light source and a power meter are used in the system, which makes the FBG sensor system inexpensive and miniaturized. The reflected power of an FBG is expressed by the product of the reflectivity of the FBG and the optical power of the laser diode. Comparison of the strain applied in the experiment with that calculated from the reflected power shows that relative errors are within 5.1%, which verifies the feasibility of the strain sensor system proposed in this work. In addition, on the basis of this method, we fabricate a cantilever load cell using an FBG as the strain gauge instead of an electrical resistance, and also quantify the load range that can be measured by this load cell.

  2. High-sensitivity strain sensor based on inflated long period fiber grating.

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    Zhong, Xiaoyong; Wang, Yiping; Qu, Junle; Liao, Changrui; Liu, Shen; Tang, Jian; Wang, Qiao; Zhao, Jing; Yang, Kaiming; Li, Zhengyong

    2014-09-15

    We demonstrated a high-sensitivity strain sensor based on an inflated long period fiber grating (I-LPFG). The I-LPFG was inscribed, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, by use of the pressure-assisted CO(2) laser beam scanning technique to inflate periodically air holes of a photonic crystal fiber. Such periodic inflations enhanced the sensitivity of the LPFG-based strain sensor to -5.62 pm/με. After high temperature annealing, the I-LPFG achieved a good repeatability and stability of temperature response with a sensitivity of 11.92 pm/°C.

  3. Flexible thin polymer waveguide Bragg grating sensor foils for strain sensing

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    Missinne, Jeroen; Teigell Benéitez, Nuria; Chiesura, Gabriele; Luyckx, Geert; Degrieck, Joris; Van Steenberge, Geert

    2017-02-01

    This paper demonstrates that epoxy-based single mode polymer waveguides with Bragg gratings can be realized in very thin (down to 50 micron) polymer foils which are suitable for strain sensing when integrated inside glass fiber reinforced polymer composite materials. The single mode waveguides were fabricated using laser direct-write lithography and the gratings were realized using nanoimprint lithography. These steps were performed on a temporary rigid carrier substrate and afterwards the functional layers were released yielding the thin, flexible sensor foils which can be laser-cut to the required dimensions. The Bragg grating-based polymer waveguide sensor foils were characterized before and after embedding into the composite. As expected, there was a blue shift in the reflection spectrum because of residual strain due to the embedding process. However, the quality of the signal did not degrade after embedding, both for 50 and 100 micron thick sensor foils. Finally, the sensitivity to strain of the embedded sensors was determined using a tensile test and found to be about 1 pm / microstrain.

  4. Strain Sharing Assessment in Woven Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beams Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors.

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    Montanini, Roberto; Recupero, Antonino; De Domenico, Fabrizio; Freni, Fabrizio

    2016-09-22

    Embedded fiber Bragg grating sensors have been extensively used worldwide for health monitoring of smart structures. In civil engineering, they provide a powerful method for monitoring the performance of composite reinforcements used for concrete structure rehabilitation and retrofitting. This paper discusses the problem of investigating the strain transfer mechanism in composite strengthened concrete beams subjected to three-point bending tests. Fiber Bragg grating sensors were embedded both in the concrete tensioned surface and in the woven fiber reinforcement. It has been shown that, if interface decoupling occurs, strain in the concrete can be up to 3.8 times higher than that developed in the reinforcement. A zero friction slipping model was developed which fitted very well the experimental data.

  5. Strain Sharing Assessment in Woven Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beams Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Montanini, Roberto; Recupero, Antonino; De Domenico, Fabrizio; Freni, Fabrizio

    2016-01-01

    Embedded fiber Bragg grating sensors have been extensively used worldwide for health monitoring of smart structures. In civil engineering, they provide a powerful method for monitoring the performance of composite reinforcements used for concrete structure rehabilitation and retrofitting. This paper discusses the problem of investigating the strain transfer mechanism in composite strengthened concrete beams subjected to three-point bending tests. Fiber Bragg grating sensors were embedded both in the concrete tensioned surface and in the woven fiber reinforcement. It has been shown that, if interface decoupling occurs, strain in the concrete can be up to 3.8 times higher than that developed in the reinforcement. A zero friction slipping model was developed which fitted very well the experimental data. PMID:27669251

  6. Strain Modal Analysis of Small and Light Pipes Using Distributed Fibre Bragg Grating Sensors.

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    Huang, Jun; Zhou, Zude; Zhang, Lin; Chen, Juntao; Ji, Chunqian; Pham, Duc Truong

    2016-09-25

    Vibration fatigue failure is a critical problem of hydraulic pipes under severe working conditions. Strain modal testing of small and light pipes is a good option for dynamic characteristic evaluation, structural health monitoring and damage identification. Unique features such as small size, light weight, and high multiplexing capability enable Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors to measure structural dynamic responses where sensor size and placement are critical. In this paper, experimental strain modal analysis of pipes using distributed FBG sensors ispresented. Strain modal analysis and parameter identification methods are introduced. Experimental strain modal testing and finite element analysis for a cantilever pipe have been carried out. The analysis results indicate that the natural frequencies and strain mode shapes of the tested pipe acquired by FBG sensors are in good agreement with the results obtained by a reference accelerometer and simulation outputs. The strain modal parameters of a hydraulic pipe were obtained by the proposed strain modal testing method. FBG sensors have been shown to be useful in the experimental strain modal analysis of small and light pipes in mechanical, aeronautic and aerospace applications.

  7. Strain Modal Analysis of Small and Light Pipes Using Distributed Fibre Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Huang, Jun; Zhou, Zude; Zhang, Lin; Chen, Juntao; Ji, Chunqian; Pham, Duc Truong

    2016-01-01

    Vibration fatigue failure is a critical problem of hydraulic pipes under severe working conditions. Strain modal testing of small and light pipes is a good option for dynamic characteristic evaluation, structural health monitoring and damage identification. Unique features such as small size, light weight, and high multiplexing capability enable Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors to measure structural dynamic responses where sensor size and placement are critical. In this paper, experimental strain modal analysis of pipes using distributed FBG sensors ispresented. Strain modal analysis and parameter identification methods are introduced. Experimental strain modal testing and finite element analysis for a cantilever pipe have been carried out. The analysis results indicate that the natural frequencies and strain mode shapes of the tested pipe acquired by FBG sensors are in good agreement with the results obtained by a reference accelerometer and simulation outputs. The strain modal parameters of a hydraulic pipe were obtained by the proposed strain modal testing method. FBG sensors have been shown to be useful in the experimental strain modal analysis of small and light pipes in mechanical, aeronautic and aerospace applications. PMID:27681728

  8. Modelling and simulation of a fibre Bragg grating strain sensor based on a magnetostrictive actuator principle

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    Schukar, V.; Gong, X.; Hofmann, D.; Basedau, F.; Koeppe, E.; Bartholmai, M.; Westphal, A.; Sahre, M.; Beck, U.

    2016-04-01

    A new concept for the self-diagnosis of embedded fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors was developed, simulated and experimentally tested. This concept is based on a magnetostrictive metallic layer directly coated on the fibre cladding over the grating segment of the FBG sensor, so that an on-demand external magnetic field in a millitesla scale can produce a controllable artificial strain as an indication signal for the remote optical interrogator. The relationship between the pre-defined magnetic field and its induced Bragg wavelength shift characterizes this validation concept. Any deviation of the local bonding state of the interfaces from the initial or/and any change of shear strain transferring mechanism from composite matrix to the optical fibre core will result in alterations in this sensitive relationship, and thus triggers an immediate alert for a further inspection. The finite element method is used to simulate the strain of this configuration as result of different values of the magnetic field in order to optimize the geometrical sensor parameters. The simulations are verified by experiments results.

  9. Fibre optic Bragg grating sensors: an alternative method to strain gauges for measuring deformation in bone.

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    Fresvig, T; Ludvigsen, P; Steen, H; Reikerås, O

    2008-01-01

    Strain gauges are currently the default method for measuring deformation in bone. Strain gauges are not well suited for in vivo measurements because of their size and because they are difficult to use in bone. They are also unsuitable for repeated measurements over time since they cannot be left in the patient. The optical Bragg grating fibres behave like selective filters of light. As a result the structure will transmit most wavelengths of light, but will reflect certain specific wavelengths. If the Bragg grating is strained along the fibre axis, the wavelength will shift, and this change represents a measure of strain. The optical fibres are very thin, no thicker than a standard surgical suture and are easy to adhere to bone by use of the FDA approved polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) as bonding adhesive. Since they are made of biocompatible silica porous bioglass ceramics, it should also be possible to leave the fibres in the patient between and after measurements. We have shown that fibre optic Bragg grating sensors can be used as a measurement tool for bone strain by performing measurements both on an acryl tube and on an extracted sample of human femur diaphysis. On either of them we used four fibre optic sensors and four strain gauges, interspersed at every 45 degrees around the circumference. The standard deviation of the measurements on the acrylic tube for each of the sensors, both optical fibres and strain gauges, varied from 1.0 to 5.2%. Every sensor, both optical fibre and strain gauge, correlated significantly with all of the rest at the 0.01 level with a Pearson correlation coefficient r ranging from 0.986 to 1.0. The linearity for all of the sensors versus load was excellent, the lowest linearity of the eight sensors was 0.996 as expressed by r(2) (coefficient of determination), with no significant difference in linearity between optical fibres and strain gauges. Bone is not an ideal isotropic material, and we found that the strain readings of the

  10. Fiber Optic Sensors for Health Monitoring of Morphing Airframes. Part 1; Bragg Grating Strain and Temperature Sensor

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    Wood, Karen; Brown, Timothy; Rogowski, Robert; Jensen, Brian

    2000-01-01

    Fiber optic sensors are being developed for health monitoring of future aircraft. Aircraft health monitoring involves the use of strain, temperature, vibration and chemical sensors to infer integrity of the aircraft structure. Part 1 of this two part series describes sensors that will measure load and temperature signatures of these structures. In some cases a single fiber may be used for measuring these parameters. Part 2 will describe techniques for using optical fibers to monitor composite cure in real time during manufacture and to monitor in-service integrity of composite structures using a single fiber optic sensor capable of measuring multiple chemical and physical parameters. The facilities for fabricating optical fiber and associated sensors and the methods of demodulating Bragg gratings for strain measurement will be described.

  11. Large-scale hybrid monitoring system for temperature, strain, and vibration using fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Arai, Ryoichi; Sumita, Akio; Makino, Shunichiro; Maekawa, Tatsuyuki; Morimoto, Soichiro

    2002-09-01

    Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor systems have been widely developed and the feasibility of their application to various fields has been demonstrated. However, from the viewpoint of the combination of highly multiplexed system and hybrid sensing of static parameter and dynamic parameter, investigations are not adequate yet. In this paper an interrogation technique for static and dynamic FBG sensors is developed. We demonstrated that the method could measure the temperature within 1?sensor system was able to monitor a maximum of 192 FBG sensors. As a result, we confirmed the applicability of the system for large-scale monitoring of temperature, strain and vibration.

  12. Metal-packaged fibre Bragg grating strain sensors for surface-mounting onto spalled concrete wind turbine foundations

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    Perry, M.; Fusiek, G.; McKeeman, I.; Niewczas, P.; Saafi, M.

    2015-09-01

    In this work, we demonstrate preliminary results for a hermetically sealed, metal-packaged fibre Bragg grating strain sensor for monitoring existing concrete wind turbine foundations. As the sensor is bolted to the sub-surface of the concrete, it is suitable for mounting onto uneven, wet and degraded surfaces, which may be found in buried foundations. The sensor was able to provide reliable measurements of concrete beam strain during cyclic three- and four- point bend tests. The strain sensitivity of the prototype sensor is currently 10 % of that of commercial, epoxied fibre strain sensors.

  13. Strain Measurement during Stress Rupture of Composite Over-Wrapped Pressure Vessel with Fiber Bragg Gratings Sensors

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    Banks, Curtis E.; Grant, Joseph; Russell, Sam; Arnett, Shawn

    2008-01-01

    Fiber optic Bragg gratings were used to measure strain fields during Stress Rupture (SSM) test of Kevlar Composite Over-Wrapped Pressure Vessels (COPV). The sensors were embedded under the over-wrapped attached to the liner released from the Kevlar and attached to the Kevlar released from the liner. Additional sensors (foil gages and fiber bragg gratings) were surface mounted on the COPY liner.

  14. Strain measurement during stress rupture of composite over-wrapped pressure vessel with fiber Bragg gratings sensors

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    Banks, Curtis E.; Grant, Joseph; Russell, Sam; Arnett, Shawn

    2008-03-01

    Fiber optic Bragg gratings were used to measure strain fields during Stress Rupture (SSM) test of Kevlar Composite Over-Wrapped Pressure Vessels (COPVs). The sensors were embedded under the over-wrapped attached to the liner released from the Kevlar and attached to the Kevlar released from the liner. Additional sensors (foil gages and fiber bragg gratings) were surface mounted on the COPV liner.

  15. Fiber Bragg grating strain sensors to monitor and study active volcanoes

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    Sorrentino, Fiodor; Beverini, Nicolò; Carbone, Daniele; Carelli, Giorgio; Francesconi, Francesco; Gambino, Salvo; Giacomelli, Umberto; Grassi, Renzo; Maccioni, Enrico; Morganti, Mauro

    2016-04-01

    Stress and strain changes are among the best indicators of impending volcanic activity. In volcano geodesy, borehole volumetric strain-meters are mostly utilized. However, they are not easy to install and involve high implementation costs. Advancements in opto-electronics have allowed the development of low-cost sensors, reliable, rugged and compact, thus particularly suitable for field application. In the framework of the EC FP7 MED-SUV project, we have developed strain sensors based on the fiber Bragg grating (FBG) technology. In comparison with previous implementation of the FBG technology to study rock deformations, we have designed a system that is expected to offer a significantly higher resolution and accuracy in static measurements and a smooth dynamic response up to 100 Hz, implying the possibility to observe seismic waves. The system performances are tailored to suit the requirements of volcano monitoring, with special attention to power consumption and to the trade-off between performance and cost. Preliminary field campaigns were carried out on Mt. Etna (Italy) using a prototypal single-axis FBG strain sensor, to check the system performances in out-of-the-lab conditions and in the harsh volcanic environment (lack of mains electricity for power, strong diurnal temperature changes, strong wind, erosive ash, snow and ice during the winter time). We also designed and built a FBG strain sensor featuring a multi-axial configuration which was tested and calibrated in the laboratory. This instrument is suitable for borehole installation and will be tested on Etna soon.

  16. Bragg Gratings in Polarization Maintaining Optical Fiber as Three Dimensional Strain Sensor

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    Quintana, Joel

    Fiber-Bragg Gratings (FBG) for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) have been studied extensively as they offer electrically passive operation, electromagnetic interference (EMI) immunity, high sensitivity and multiplexing as compared to conventional electric strain sensors. FBG sensors written within polarization maintaining (PM) optical fiber offer additional dimensions of strain measurement, greatly reducing the number of sensors needed to properly monitor a structure. This reduction however, adds complexity to the dis- crimination of the sensor's optical response to its corresponding applied strains. This dissertation defines the set of algorithms needed to measure planar strain using PM-FBGs exclusively. It defines the minimum number of sensors needed to reconstruct the full state of strain, epsilon and the maximum number of strain tensor components a single PM-FBG is capable of measuring. Two experiments were performed under the same test specifications; a single PM-FBG and 2 multiplexed PM-FBGs in a rosette pattern adhered to a test spec- imen subject to uniaxial tension. The far field strain was measured at the location of the sensor using only the optical response and PM-FBG axes orientation with respect to the specimen axes. Strains at the surface of the specimen were measured using Digital Image Correlation (DIC) analysis and an electronic extensometer. The PM-FBG measurements where then compared to the DIC/extensometer data for validation. The comparison of the strains epsilonxx, epsilon yy, and epsilonxy resulted in a high correlation, averaging .97 between the strain mea- surement techniques. The PM-FBG measured specimen surface strains with low percent error values (approximately 20%). PM-FBG sensitivity is greatly affected by the sensor's material properties and installation or embedding techniques. The algorithm for measuring a full state of planar strain at a point presented in this dissertation and is validated though experimental analysis. It can

  17. Integration of fiber Bragg grating optic sensors for strain detection in structures composed of CFRP composite

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    Harris, Jason; Barjasteh, Ehsan

    2017-04-01

    The study focuses on the formation of artificial neural pathways for the use of structural health monitoring in prosthesis by means of Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) optic sensors to detect shifts in strain. Implementation of these fibers are embedded into carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) based structures. CFRP was considered for its wide use application in ankle-foot prosthesis, which undergoes high loads of stress and wear.. This method acts as a system of early detection which could prevent the prosthesis from critical failure due to previously undetected interior defects, further improving the patient's well being.

  18. Analysis and experimental study on the strain transfer mechanism of an embedded basalt fiber-encapsulated fiber Bragg grating sensor

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    Zhang, Zhenglin; Wang, Yuan; Sun, Yangyang; Zhang, Qinghua; You, Zewei; Huang, Xiaodi

    2017-01-01

    The precision of the encapsulated fiber optic sensor embedded into a host suffers from the influences of encapsulating materials. Furthermore, an interface transfer effect of strain sensing exists. This study uses an embedded basalt fiber-encapsulated fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor as the research object to derive an expression in a multilayer interface strain transfer coefficient by considering the mechanical properties of the host material. The direct impact of the host material on the strain transfer at an embedded multipoint continuous FBG (i.e., multiple gratings written on a single optical fiber) monitoring strain sensor, which was self-developed and encapsulated with basalt fiber, is studied to present the strain transfer coefficients corresponding to the positions of various gratings. The strain transfer coefficients of the sensor are analyzed based on the experiments designed for this study. The error of the experimental results is ˜2 μɛ when the strain is at 60 μɛ and below. Moreover, the measured curves almost completely coincide with the theoretical curves. The changes in the internal strain field inside the embedded structure of the basalt fiber-encapsulated FBG strain sensor could be easily monitored. Hence, important references are provided to measure the internal stress strain of the sensor.

  19. Analysis of the performance of temperature compensation for fiber Bragg grating strain sensor

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    Meng, Fanyong; Jia, Limin

    2015-07-01

    FBG(fiber Bragg grating) strain sensor are widely applied in structure health monitoring, the temperature compensation problem is a key issue that impact the performance of the strain sensor, many kinds of temperature compensation method also have been put forward, but the compensation result get from these method can't meet the engineering requirements very well, especially when the ambient temperature changes rapidly due to the sunshine, the wind, the rain or other factors, and these impact can't avoid when monitoring an open-air structure project. Through engineering case and experiments test found that, the inaccurate compensation temperature is the key reason lead to test result error, and closer analysis could found that the temperature from strain sensitive FBG and temperature sensitive FBG have non synchronous phenomenon, and the error could be reach 1 degrees Celsius, so use the temperature from the same moment to compensate the strain calculation also can't get accurate results. The author thinks that the temperature non synchronous phenomenon may be caused by the temperature sensitive FBG and strain sensitive FBG have different package structure or package material, also may be installed on different positions, because all of these factors may lead to inconsistent temperature response speed between the two FBG when the ambient temperature changed rapidly. In order to confirm this conclusion, designed a FBG strain sensor package structure, the temperature sensitive FBG and strain sensitive FBG are packaged in one and the same structure with special stress isolation mechanism. Through temperature chamber test and engineering simulation experiment verified that the compensation temperature error could be reduced to 0.1 degrees Celsius, this will greatly improve the accuracy of temperature compensation for the FBG strain sensor.

  20. Reliability and accuracy of embedded fiber Bragg grating sensors for strain monitoring in advanced composite structures

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    Di Sante, Raffaella; Donati, Lorenzo; Troiani, Enrico; Proli, Paolo

    2014-05-01

    This work investigated issues for an efficient and reliable embedding and use of Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors for strain monitoring of composite structures with particular regard to the manufacturing process of components in the nautical field by means of the vacuum bag technique in autoclave. CFRP material laminates with embedded FBGs were produced and the effect of the curing process parameters on the light transmission characteristics of the optical fibers was initially investigated. Two different types of coating, namely polyimide and acrylate, were tested by measuring the light attenuation by an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer. Tensile specimens were subsequently extracted from the laminas and instrumented also with a surface-mounted conventional electrical strain gage (SG). Comparison between the FBG and SG measurements during static tensile tests allowed the evaluation of the strain monitoring capability of the FBGs, in particular of their sensitivity (i.e., gage factor) when embedded.

  1. Dynamic Strain Sensing in a Long-Span Suspension Bridge Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Zhu, Yinian; Zhu, Yan-Jin; Balogun, Oluwaseyi; Zhu, Songye; Xu, You-Lin; Krishnaswamy, Sridhar

    2011-06-01

    Optical fiber sensors are ideal for monitoring continuous deterioration conditions of civil infrastructure, especially of long-span bridges. Typically, a network of sensors is used to measure the strains or low frequency vibrational response of the structure. In this work, we demonstrate dynamic spectral demodulation of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor responses with a stabilized Michelson interferometer for monitoring mechanical strains in a model of long-span bridge. A series of experiments has been performed, including the measurements of the natural resonant modes of the model bridge, impact response of a bridge member and acoustic emissions in a fractured aluminum bar. The experimental results not only reveal that dynamic spectral demodulation of FBG strain responses at frequencies extending up to about 3.5 MHz is possible, but also suggest that the method may be suitable for monitoring high frequency mechanical strains in civil structures that result from cracking or impact loading, thus providing a tool for local detection of structural damage.

  2. Three-axial Fiber Bragg Grating Strain Sensor for Volcano Monitoring

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    Giacomelli, Umberto; Beverini, Nicolò; Carbone, Daniele; Carelli, Giorgio; Francesconi, Francesco; Gambino, Salvatore; Maccioni, Enrico; Morganti, Mauro; Orazi, Massimo; Peluso, Rosario; Sorrentino, Fiodor

    2017-04-01

    Fiber optic and FBGs sensors have attained a large diffusion in the last years as cost-effective monitoring and diagnostic devices in civil engineering. However, in spite of their potential impact, these instruments have found very limited application in geophysics. In order to study earthquakes and volcanoes, the measurement of crustal deformation is of crucial importance. Stress and strain behaviour is among the best indicators of changes in the activity of volcanoes .. Deep bore-hole dilatometers and strainmeters have been employed for volcano monitoring. These instruments are very sensitive and reliable, but are not cost-effective and their installation requires a large effort. Fiber optic based devices offer low cost, small size, wide frequency band, easier deployment and even the possibility of creating a local network with several sensors linked in an array. We present the realization, installation and first results of a shallow-borehole (8,5 meters depth) three-axial Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) strain sensor prototype. This sensor has been developed in the framework of the MED-SUV project and installed on Etna volcano, in the facilities of the Serra La Nave astrophysical observatory. The installation siteis about 7 Km South-West of the summit craters, at an elevation of about 1740 m. The main goal of our work is the realization of a three-axial device having a high resolution and accuracy in static and dynamic strain measurements, with special attention to the trade-off among resolution, cost and power consumption. The sensor structure and its read-out system are innovative and offer practical advantages in comparison with traditional strain meters. Here we present data collected during the first five months of operation. In particular, the very clear signals recorded in the occurrence of the Central Italy seismic event of October 30th demonstrate the performances of our device.

  3. High-precision thermal strain measurements using surface-mounted fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Mueller, Uwe C.; Both, Jan; Roths, Johannes; Baier, Horst

    2010-03-01

    Thermal strain measurements by fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors mounted onto different host materials are demonstrated for low coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE). Such low CTEs are typically found in carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). This work has application potential for FBG sensor networks in the highprecision control of thermal deformations in structures or in curing monitoring. For this purpose, a thermal error model of the FBG sensor, which accounts for the thermo-optic coefficient and the thermal expansion of the FBG, was characterized experimentally. The error-model characterization method is based on reference measurements of FBGs bonded to ZERODUR ceramics. Using this error model, thermal strain can be measured by surface-mounted FBGs on any given host structure using an external temperature reference and the FBG's wavelength shift. This method is demonstrated successfully for unidirectional layers of CFRP with a CTE of -0.4 . 10-6 1/K in fiber direction and for steel (316 Ti), which is commonly used in cryogenic applications. Measurements are performed for temperatures from 100K to 320K and the results are verified by high-precision dilatometer measurements. Accuracy limits of the FBG-based thermal strain measurements are discussed, as well as the minimization of errors induced by the FBG's structural interface. Further, the reduction of errors in the adhesive bonding is discussed. This work expands the understanding of the separation of thermal and mechanical effects in the signals obtained by FBGs.

  4. Development of a mechanical strain amplifying transducer with Bragg grating sensor for low-amplitude strain sensing

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    Nawrot, Urszula; Geernaert, Thomas; De Pauw, Ben; Anastasopoulos, Dimitrios; Reynders, Edwin; De Roeck, Guido; Berghmans, Francis

    2017-07-01

    Vibration-based damage identification is a well-known method to support health monitoring of civil engineering structures. Damage in such structures can be identified by measuring changes of the natural frequencies, damping factors or modal displacements of the structure. However, this approach suffers from the low sensitivity of these natural frequencies and modal displacements to certain types of damage. Modal strains and curvatures can be more sensitive to local damage, but direct monitoring of these quantities with sufficient spatial resolution is not possible with current measurement techniques due to the very small strain levels (sub-microstrain) caused by ambient or operational excitation. To deal with this issue, we propose a novel mechanical transducer equipped with an optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor that enhances the sensitivity to strain with a factor larger than 30. The principle of operation of the transducer exploits a symmetric cantilever structure that enlarges the strain experienced by the FBG sensor compared to the strain applied to the transducer itself. We carried out dynamic and static tests to verify the ability of the strain-amplifying transducers to measure small-amplitude strain levels and to evidence the potential for carrying out FBG based modal strain measurements on concrete civil engineering structures.

  5. Strain monitoring of dual-room box-girder during prestressing tension based on fiber Bragg grating sensor

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    Wang, Dansheng; Jin, Tao; Zhu, Hongping; He, Weiping; Li, Ming

    2012-04-01

    Monitoring techniques based on fiber Bragg grating sensor have proved to exhibit meaningful benefits when compared with the current solutions of an electric nature in recent years. In this study, several fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors were embedded into a prestressed concrete dual-room box-girder when construction at a prefabrication workshop to monitor strain of concrete girder during prestressing tension. All FBG sensors are alive during monitoring, which shows the advantages of robust surviving capability and long-term on-line monitoring performance. From the monitoring results it is found that the variances in strain at the measurement sites are small and almost is linear with time in certain one tension process, and the strain at the measurement sites almost synchronously and linearly change with the increase of the prestress. It is also found that the changes in strain at the measurement sites during the final tension are larger than that during the early tension.

  6. Strain monitoring of dual-room box-girder during prestressing tension based on fiber Bragg grating sensor

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    Wang, Dansheng; Jin, Tao; Zhu, Hongping; He, Weiping; Li, Ming

    2011-11-01

    Monitoring techniques based on fiber Bragg grating sensor have proved to exhibit meaningful benefits when compared with the current solutions of an electric nature in recent years. In this study, several fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors were embedded into a prestressed concrete dual-room box-girder when construction at a prefabrication workshop to monitor strain of concrete girder during prestressing tension. All FBG sensors are alive during monitoring, which shows the advantages of robust surviving capability and long-term on-line monitoring performance. From the monitoring results it is found that the variances in strain at the measurement sites are small and almost is linear with time in certain one tension process, and the strain at the measurement sites almost synchronously and linearly change with the increase of the prestress. It is also found that the changes in strain at the measurement sites during the final tension are larger than that during the early tension.

  7. Fiber strain sensor based on a pi-phase-shifted Bragg grating and the Pound-Drever-Hall technique.

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    Gatti, D; Galzerano, G; Janner, D; Longhi, S; Laporta, P

    2008-02-04

    A fiber strain sensor based on a p-phase-shifted Bragg grating and an extended cavity diode laser is proposed. Locking the laser frequency to grating resonance by the Pound-Drever-Hall technique results in a strain power spectral density S(epsilon) (f) = (3 x 10(-19) f(-1) +2.6 x 10(-23)) epsilon(2)/Hz in the Fourier frequency range from 1 kHz to 10 MHz (epsilon being the applied strain), corresponding to a minimum sensitivity of 5 pepsilon Hz(-1/2) for frequencies larger than 100 kHz.

  8. Mechanical strain-amplifying transducer for fiber Bragg grating sensors with applications in structural health monitoring

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    Nawrot, Urszula; Geernaert, Thomas; De Pauw, Ben; Anastasopoulos, Dimitrios; Reynders, Edwin; De Roeck, Guido; Berghmans, Francis

    2017-04-01

    A well-known structural health monitoring method used to detect and locate damage in civil engineering structures is vibration-based damage identification. It typically monitors the civil structure over time to spot slow or sudden changes in its natural frequencies, damping factors or modal displacements. This approach can prove very powerful, but the sensitivity of those properties to local damage can be rather low. In addition, their cross-sensitivity to environmental influences may completely mask the effect of damage, even of severe damage. Instead one can consider the modal strains and curvatures, which are much more sensitive to local damage, but direct (quasi-)distributed monitoring of these quantities with sufficient strain resolution as well as adequate spatial resolution is not straightforward with current measurement techniques. This stems from the small (sub-microstrain) amplitudes of the strain levels occurring following ambient or operational excitation of the structure under test. To deal with this issue we propose and demonstrate a novel mechanical transducer that amplifies the strain applied to an optical fiber Bragg grating sensor with a factor of about 36. In addition the transducer resonance frequencies are sufficiently high to ensure accurate dynamic strain monitoring of civil structures under ambient excitation.

  9. A packaged, low-cost, robust optical fiber strain sensor based on small cladding fiber sandwiched within periodic polymer grating.

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    Chiang, Chia-Chin; Li, Chein-Hsing

    2014-06-02

    In the present study, a novel packaged long-period fiber grating (PLPFG) strain sensor is first presented. The MEMS process was utilized to fabricate the packaged optical fiber strain sensor. The sensor structure consisted of etched optical fiber sandwiched between two layers of thick photoresist SU-8 3050 and then packaged with poly (dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) polymer material to construct the PLPFG strain sensor. The PDMS packaging material was used to prevent the glue effect, wherein glue flows into the LPFG structure and reduces coupling strength, in the surface bonding process. Because the fiber grating was packaged with PDMS material, it was effectively protected and made robust. The resonance attenuation dip of PLPFG grows when it is loading. This study explored the size effect of the grating period and fiber diameter of PLPFG via tensile testing. The experimental results found that the best strain sensitivity of the PLPFG strain sensor was -0.0342 dB/με, and that an R2 value of 0.963 was reached.

  10. Process for mounting and packaging of fiber Bragg grating strain sensors for use in harsh environment applications

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    Wnuk, Vincent P.; Mendez, Alexis; Ferguson, Steve; Graver, Tom

    2005-05-01

    In this paper, we report the development of a new bonding agent and method for the surface mounting of optical fiber Bragg grating strain and temperature sensors for use in harsh environments. The compound is based on a combination of ceramic fillers with an epoxy binder that is applied with a brush technique. Samples of optical fiber Bragg gratings were successfully encapsulated and mounted on metal shims. The packaged sensors were tested for strain (+/- 1000´ɛ) and temperature (-20 to +120 °C) response. The encapsulated sensors display a linear response with an increase in the temperature sensitivity of the FBG, with a factor of 24.37pm/°C, and a strain gauge factor of 1.25pm/μɛ.

  11. In-situ temperature calibration procedure for temperature and strain fibre Bragg grating sensors for monitoring pre-stressing strands

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    Mckeeman, I.; Fusiek, G.; Perry, M.; Niewczas, P.; Johnston, M.

    2015-09-01

    In this work, we demonstrate active and passive methods for in-situ temperature calibration of fibre Bragg grating strain and temperature sensors. The method is suitable for characterising sensors which are already attached to the steel reinforcements of civil structures. The proposed method, which involves the use of active induction heating or passive room temperature fluctuations, can be implemented using portable equipment, is time efficient, and can be used to calibrate attached sensors on-site, rather than in lab conditions. Preliminary results of the induction heating calibration show good agreement with pre-calibrated temperature sensors. In-situ calibration of fibre strain sensors, attached to a prestressing strand is also successfully carried out.

  12. Characteristics of strain transfer and the reflected spectrum of a metal-coated fiber Bragg grating sensor

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    Kim, Sang-Woo

    2017-09-01

    Previous researchers have simulated strain transfer and spectrum of normal fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors with a polymer coating bonded on the structure. They only considered the shear stress in a polymer coating for the simulation. However, for metal-coated FBG sensors, not only shear stress but also axial stress in the metal coating should be reflected into the calculation because its axial stiffness is no longer negligible. Thus, the author investigated the strain transfer and reflected spectra of metal-coated FBG sensors by considering both shear stress and axial stress. The strain transfer analysis involved evaluating the strain profiles along the sensor by plotting an analytical solution, and validating the evaluated profiles with the results obtained by a finite element analysis (FEA). The solution was also verified by the experiments that used aluminum-coated FBG sensors bonded on a carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite specimen. A transfer-matrix (T-matrix) formulation and coupled mode theory were used to simulate the reflected spectra of metal-coated FBG sensors for the evaluated strain profile. In addition, the effect of mechanical and geometric parameters of the sensor was examined. The findings revealed that the strain transfer characteristics and reflected spectra deteriorated with increases in the thickness and Young's modulus of the metal coating due to the consideration of axial stress. It is the opposite results for the normal FBG sensor with a polymer coating. Furthermore, the results also indicated that the decrease in bonding thickness resulted in improved strain transfer and signal characteristics. Moreover, a bonding length of 14 mm was suitable in suppressing an asymmetric shape of the reflected spectrum and in achieving an accurate measurement. The results of the parametric study are expected to contribute to improve the measurement accuracy of metal-coated FBG sensors in actual applications. The analytical methodology can be

  13. Fiber Bragg grating multichemical sensor

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    Boland, Patrick; Sethuraman, Gopakumar; Mendez, Alexis; Graver, Tom; Pestov, Dmitry; Tait, Gregory

    2006-10-01

    Fiber optic-based chemical sensors are created by coating fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) with the glassy polymer cellulose acetate (CA). CA is a polymeric matrix capable of localizing or concentrating chemical constituents within its structure. Some typical properties of CA include good rigidity (high modulus) and high transparency. With CA acting as a sensor element, immersion of the gratings in various chemical solutions causes the polymer to expand and mechanically strain the glass fiber. This elongation of the fiber sections containing the grating causes a corresponding change in the periodicity of the grating that subsequently results in a change in the Bragg-reflected wavelengths. A high-resolution tunable fiber ring laser interrogator is used to obtain room-temperature reflectance spectrograms from two fiber gratings at two different wavelengths - 1540nm and 1550nm. The graphical representation from this device enables the display of spectral shape, and not merely shifts in FBG central wavelength, thereby allowing for more comprehensive analysis of how different physical conditions cause the reflectance profile to move and alter overall form. Wavelength shifts on the order of 1 to 80 pm in the FBG transition edges and changes in spectral shape are observed in both sensors upon immersion in a diverse selection of chemical analytes.

  14. Application of fiber-Bragg-grating-based strain sensors for civil infrastructure health monitoring

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    Tjin, Swee C.; Rupali, S.; Moyo, Pilate; Brownjohn, James M. W.; Ngo, Nam Quoc

    2003-10-01

    Over past few years, the concept of structural health monitoring has been emerging as a new area of research. Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) based sensor offers a new sensing approach with a number of advantages over conventional sensors. This new sensing technology is suitable for the harsh environment of construction industry due to its robustness, ruggedness and ease of installation. Two unique advantages of FBG based sensors are immunity to electromagnetic interference and multiplexing capability. This paper reports some of the results of a multi-disciplinary program on the FBG based sensors involving the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the School of Civil and Environment Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

  15. Simplified sensor design for temperature-strain discrimination using fiber Bragg gratings embedded in laminated composites

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    Rodriguez-Cobo, L.; Marques, A. T.; Lopez-Higuera, J. M.; Santos, J. L.; Frazão, O.

    2013-05-01

    Several easy-to-manufacture designs based on a pair of Fiber Bragg Gratings structure embedded in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) have been explored. These smart composites can be used for strain and temperature discrimination. A Finite Elements Analysis and Matlab software were used to study the mechanical responses and its optical behaviors. The results exhibited different sensitivity and using a matrix method it is possible to compensate the thermal drift in a real application keeping a simple manufacture process.

  16. A compact, portable and low cost generic interrogation strain sensor system using an embedded VCSEL, detector and fibre Bragg grating

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    Lee, Graham C. B.; Van Hoe, Bram; Yan, Zhijun; Maskery, Oliver; Sugden, Kate; Webb, David; Van Steenberge, Geert

    2012-03-01

    We present a compact, portable and low cost generic interrogation strain sensor system using a fibre Bragg grating configured in transmission mode with a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) light source and a GaAs photodetector embedded in a polymer skin. The photocurrent value is read and stored by a microcontroller. In addition, the photocurrent data is sent via Bluetooth to a computer or tablet device that can present the live data in a real time graph. With a matched grating and VCSEL, the system is able to automatically scan and lock the VCSEL to the most sensitive edge of the grating. Commercially available VCSEL and photodetector chips are thinned down to 20 μm and integrated in an ultra-thin flexible optical foil using several thin film deposition steps. A dedicated micro mirror plug is fabricated to couple the driving optoelectronics to the fibre sensors. The resulting optoelectronic package can be embedded in a thin, planar sensing sheet and the host material for this sheet is a flexible and stretchable polymer. The result is a fully embedded fibre sensing system - a photonic skin. Further investigations are currently being carried out to determine the stability and robustness of the embedded optoelectronic components.

  17. Optical fiber strain sensor based on sandwiched long-period fiber gratings with a surface bonding layer

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    Chiang, Chia-Chin; Li, Chien-Hsing

    2014-10-01

    An optical fiber strain sensor based on sandwiched long-period fiber gratings (OFSS-SLPFG) with a surface bonding layer is proposed. The proposed OFSS-SLPFG is an etched optical fiber that is sandwiched between two thick photoresists with a periodic structure. To prevent the glue effect in the surface bonding process, where glue flows into the SLPFG structure, reducing the coupling strength, a surface bonding layer (thickness: 16 μm) is used as the base layer on the bottom of the OFSS-SLPFG. The OFSS-SLPFG is, therefore, more effective for use as a strain sensor. When external strain loading is applied, the resonant dip loss of the OFSS-SLPFG is reflected linearly. A bending strain calibration experiment is demonstrated by the four-point bending test. The results show an average linearity (R2) of 0.980, with a sensitivity of 0.00788 dB/με. This phenomenon suggests that the OFSS-SLPFG can be utilized as a sensitive strain transducer.

  18. Streicker Bridge: a comparison between Bragg-grating long-gauge strain and temperature sensors and Brillouin scattering-based distributed strain and temperature sensors

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    Glisic, Branko; Chen, Jeremy; Hubbell, David

    2011-04-01

    The Streicker Bridge at Princeton University campus has been equipped with two fiber-optic sensing technologies: discrete long-gauge sensing, based on Fiber Bragg-Gratings (FBG), and truly-distributed sensing, based on Brillouin Optical Time Domain Analysis (BOTDA). The sensors were embedded in concrete during the construction. The early age measurements, including hydration swelling and contraction, and post-tensioning of concrete were registered by both systems and placed side by side in order to compare their performances. Aside from the usual behavior, an unusual increase in strain was detected by several sensors in various cross-sections. The nature of this event is still under investigation, but preliminary study indicates early-age cracking as the cause. The comparison between the two monitoring systems shows good agreement in the areas where no unusual behavior was detected, but some discrepancies are noticed at locations where unusual behavior occurred and during the early age of concrete. These discrepancies are attributed to the spatial resolution of the distributed monitoring system and the temperature influences at early age. In this paper, general information concerning the Streicker Bridge project is given. The monitoring systems and their specifications are briefly presented. The monitoring data are analyzed and a comparison between the two systems is performed.

  19. On-line monitoring of multi-component strain development in a tufting needle using optical fibre Bragg grating sensors

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    Chehura, Edmon; Dell'Anno, Giuseppe; Huet, Tristan; Staines, Stephen; James, Stephen W.; Partridge, Ivana K.; Tatam, Ralph P.

    2014-07-01

    Dynamic loadings induced on a tufting needle during the tufting of dry carbon fibre preform via a commercial robot-controlled tufting head were investigated in situ and in real-time using optical fibre Bragg grating (FBG) sensors bonded to the needle shaft. The sensors were configured such that the axial strain and bending moments experienced by the needle could be measured. A study of the influence of thread and thread type on the strain imparted to the needle revealed axial strain profiles which had equivalent trends but different magnitudes. The mean of the maximum axial compression strains measured during the tufting of a 4-ply quasi-isotropic carbon fibre dry preform were - 499 ± 79 μɛ, - 463 ± 51 μɛ and - 431 ± 59 μɛ for a needle without thread, with metal wire and with Kevlar® thread, respectively. The needle similarly exhibited bending moments of different magnitude when the different needle feeding configurations were used.

  20. Sensored fiber reinforced polymer grate

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    Ross, Michael P.; Mack, Thomas Kimball

    2017-08-01

    Various technologies described herein pertain to a sensored grate that can be utilized for various security fencing applications. The sensored grate includes a grate framework and an embedded optical fiber. The grate framework is formed of a molded polymer such as, for instance, molded fiber reinforced polymer. Further, the grate framework includes a set of elongated elements, where the elongated elements are spaced to define apertures through the grate framework. The optical fiber is embedded in the elongated elements of the grate framework. Moreover, bending or breaking of one or more of the elongated elements can be detected based on a change in a characteristic of input light provided to the optical fiber compared to output light received from the optical fiber.

  1. Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for Harsh Environments

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    Mihailov, Stephen J.

    2012-01-01

    Because of their small size, passive nature, immunity to electromagnetic interference, and capability to directly measure physical parameters such as temperature and strain, fiber Bragg grating sensors have developed beyond a laboratory curiosity and are becoming a mainstream sensing technology. Recently, high temperature stable gratings based on regeneration techniques and femtosecond infrared laser processing have shown promise for use in extreme environments such as high temperature, pressure or ionizing radiation. Such gratings are ideally suited for energy production applications where there is a requirement for advanced energy system instrumentation and controls that are operable in harsh environments. This paper will present a review of some of the more recent developments. PMID:22438744

  2. Metal embedded Fiber Brag Grating Sensors

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    Khanal, Chooda; Vargas, Garman; Balani, Kantesh; Keshri, Anup; Barbosa, Carmen; Agarwal, Arvind; Panepucci, Roberto

    2009-03-01

    A novel method of embedding optical fibers and optical fiber sensors, inside metallic structures will be discussed. We specifically report results for embedding fiber bragg grating sensors in an aluminum coating onto a steel plate. Characterization of an embedded FBG sensor and its effects on the sensor operation are also presented. Temperature sensitivity and the strain sensitivity will be discussed. The novel high throughput deposition method show the potential of embedding optical sensors onto metallic structures which make it suitable for many engineering applications in biomedical, civil, mechanical and aeronautical, among other fields.

  3. In Search of Multi-Peaked Reflective Spectrum with Optic Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor for Dynamic Strain Measurement

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    Tai, Hsiang

    2006-01-01

    In a typical optic fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain measurement, unless in an ideal static laboratory environment, the presence of vibration or often disturbance always exists, which often creates spurious multiple peaks in the reflected spectrum, resulting in a non-unique determination of strain value. In this report we attempt to investigate the origin of this phenomenon by physical arguments and simple numerical simulation. We postulate that the fiber gratings execute small amplitude transverse vibrations changing the optical path in which the reflected light traverses slightly and non-uniformly. Ultimately, this causes the multi-peak reflected spectrum.

  4. The principle of differential grating displacement sensor

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    Chen, Xihou; Peng, Donglin; Zhang, Xinghong; Liu, Xiaokang

    2005-12-01

    Grating type sensor is one of the most important displacement sensors. But the number and the machining precision of their gratings limit the resolution of traditional grating displacement sensor. A new sensor called differential displacement sensor is proposed for the first time. Based on the principle resembling that of vernier calipers, using the scale differential of two staves with relative motion, it can gain more impulses, and achieve the goal of improving resolution. As a new displacement sensor, differential grating displacement sensor has its own characteristic. There are some special factors should be considered and some rules should be followed in designing differential grating sensor. And the parameter choice has a great effect on the performance of the sensor. The design idea, working principle and parameter design rules of differential grating sensor are introduced in details in this paper by making gear grating sensor as an example.

  5. Multiplexed fibre Fizeau interferometer and fibre Bragg grating sensor system for simultaneous measurement of quasi-static strain and temperature using discrete wavelet transform

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    Wong, Allan C. L.; Childs, Paul A.; Peng, Gang-Ding

    2006-02-01

    We present a multiplexed fibre Fizeau interferometer (FFI) and fibre Bragg grating (FBG) sensor system for simultaneous measurement of quasi-static strain and temperature. A combined spatial-frequency and wavelength- division multiplexing scheme is employed to multiplex the FFI and FBG sensors. A demodulation technique based on the discrete wavelet transform with signal processing enhancements is used to determine the measurand- induced physical changes of the sensors. The noise associated with the sensor signal is reduced by the block-level-thresholding wavelet denoising method, which is applied via the demodulation technique. This sensor system yields a high accuracy and resolution, and low crosstalk. It is well suited for long-term quasi-static measurements, especially for the structural health monitoring of large-scale structures.

  6. Dynamic 3D strain measurements with embedded micro-structured optical fiber Bragg grating sensors during impact on a CFRP coupon

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    Goossens, Sidney; Geernaert, Thomas; De Pauw, Ben; Lamberti, Alfredo; Vanlanduit, Steve; Luyckx, Geert; Chiesura, Gabriele; Thienpont, Hugo; Berghmans, Francis

    2017-04-01

    Composite materials are increasingly used in aerospace applications, owing to their high strength-to-mass ratio. Such materials are nevertheless vulnerable to impact damage. It is therefore important to investigate the effects of impacts on composites. Here we embed specialty microstructured optical fiber Bragg grating based sensors inside a carbon fiber reinforced polymer, providing access to the 3D strain evolution within the composite during impact. We measured a maximum strain of -655 μɛ along the direction of impact, and substantially lower values in the two in-plane directions. Such in-situ characterization can trigger insight in the development of impact damage in composites.

  7. Design and performance investigation of a highly accurate apodized fiber Bragg grating-based strain sensor in single and quasi-distributed systems.

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    Ali, Taha A; Shehata, Mohamed I; Mohamed, Nazmi A

    2015-06-01

    In this work, fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors in single and quasi-distributed systems are investigated, seeking high-accuracy measurement. Since FBG-based strain sensors of small lengths are preferred in medical applications, and that causes the full width at half-maximum (FWHM) to be larger, a new apodization profile is introduced for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, with a remarkable FWHM at small sensor lengths compared to the Gaussian and Nuttall profiles, in addition to a higher mainlobe slope at these lengths. A careful selection of apodization profiles with detailed investigation is performed-using sidelobe analysis and the FWHM, which are primary judgment factors especially in a quasi-distributed configuration. A comparison between the elite selection of apodization profiles (extracted from related literature) and the proposed new profile is carried out covering the reflectivity peak, FWHM, and sidelobe analysis. The optimization process concludes that the proposed new profile with a chosen small length (L) of 10 mm and Δnac of 1.4×10-4 is the optimum choice for single stage and quasi-distributed strain-sensor networks, even better than the Gaussian profile at small sensor lengths. The proposed profile achieves the smallest FWHM of 15 GHz (suitable for UDWDM), and the highest mainlobe slope of 130 dB/nm. For the quasi-distributed scenario, a noteworthy high isolation of 6.953 dB is achieved while applying a high strain value of 1500 μstrain (με) for a five-stage strain-sensing network. Further investigation was undertaken, proving that consistency in choosing the apodization profile in the quasi-distributed network is mandatory. A test was made of the inclusion of a uniform apodized sensor among other apodized sensors with the proposed profile in an FBG strain-sensor network.

  8. On the optimization of fiber Bragg grating optical sensor using genetic algorithm to monitor the strain of civil structure with high sensitivity

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    Kaur, Gurpreet; Kaler, Rajinder Singh; Kwatra, Naveen

    2016-08-01

    The effect of strain on civil structures is experimentally studied using fiber Bragg grating (FBG). The genetic algorithm is implemented to optimize the multiple parameters (Poisson's ratio, photoelastic coefficient P11, and photoelastic coefficient P12) of the proposed sensor. The optimized results helped in increasing the sensitivity in terms of wavelength shift. It is observed that the proposed FBG provides maximum wavelength shift of 38.16 nm with Poisson's ratio of 1.94, photoelastic coefficient P11 of 1.994, and photoelastic coefficient P12 of 1.8103.

  9. A low-cost strain sensor system based on a long-period fiber grating written by high-frequency CO2 laser pulses

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    Rao, Yun-Jiang; Li, Jing-Yi

    2005-02-01

    By using the edge-filtering approach, a low-cost strain sensor system with the long-period fiber grating (LPFG) written by high frequency CO2 laser pulses is demonstrated for the measurement of both static and dynamic strains. In this system, the wavelength-shift induced by the strain applied to the LPFG is interrogated by using a single-frequency DFB laser source. The intensity change due to the wavelength-shift is received by a photodetector. In addition, the intensity fluctuation due to instability of the fiber link is compensated by using a reference light source at 1310nm. In the static measurement, the result shows that the relationship between the electrical output of the sensor and the strain is very linear. The resolution of this sensing system is better than 10μɛ and the error is +/-10μɛ. Dynamic strain measurement over 5kHz is also demonstrated. This sensor system offers the advantages of low-cost and fast response.

  10. Dependence of temperature and strain coefficients on fiber grating type and its application to simultaneous temperature and strain measurement

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    Shu, Xuewen; Liu, Yu; Zhao, Donghui; Gwandu, Bashir; Floreani, Filip; Zhang, Lin; Bennion, Ian

    2002-05-01

    We report an investigation of the dependence of the temperature and strain coefficients on the grating type for fiber Bragg gratings that are UV inscribed in B/Ge-codoped fiber with and without hydrogenation. The results reveal that all types of grating exhibit similar strain sensitivities but markedly different temperature sensitivities, greater for gratings inscribed in hydrogen-free rather than hydrogenated fiber and substantially less in type IA gratings than all others. The sensitivity characteristics of these gratings have been used to implement a new type of dual-grating sensor for simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain that has properties superior to those of previously reported structures.

  11. Superposition of fiber Bragg and LPG gratings for embedded strain measurement

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    Guyard, Romain; Leduc, Dominique; Lecieux, Yann; Lupi, Cyril

    2016-11-01

    When a fiber Bragg grating strain sensor is embedded inside a structure, the interaction of the sensor with the host material can lead to spurious results if the radial strain is neglected. In this article, we use numerical simulations to show that the axial and radial strains can be simultaneously measured with a single fiber in which a Bragg grating and a long-period grating are superimposed. Moreover, we present an optimal architecture of the sensor.

  12. High speed demodulation systems for fiber optic grating sensors

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    Udd, Eric (Inventor); Weisshaar, Andreas (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    Fiber optic grating sensor demodulation systems are described that offer high speed and multiplexing options for both single and multiple parameter fiber optic grating sensors. To attain very high speeds for single parameter fiber grating sensors ratio techniques are used that allow a series of sensors to be placed in a single fiber while retaining high speed capability. These methods can be extended to multiparameter fiber grating sensors. Optimization of speeds can be obtained by minimizing the number of spectral peaks that must be processed and it is shown that two or three spectral peak measurements may in specific multiparameter applications offer comparable or better performance than processing four spectral peaks. Combining the ratio methods with minimization of peak measurements allows very high speed measurement of such important environmental effects as transverse strain and pressure.

  13. Dynamic Strain Measurements on Automotive and Aeronautic Composite Components by Means of Embedded Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Lamberti, Alfredo; Chiesura, Gabriele; Luyckx, Geert; Degrieck, Joris; Kaufmann, Markus; Vanlanduit, Steve

    2015-01-01

    The measurement of the internal deformations occurring in real-life composite components is a very challenging task, especially for those components that are rather difficult to access. Optical fiber sensors can overcome such a problem, since they can be embedded in the composite materials and serve as in situ sensors. In this article, embedded optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors are used to analyze the vibration characteristics of two real-life composite components. The first component is a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer automotive control arm; the second is a glass fiber-reinforced polymer aeronautic hinge arm. The modal parameters of both components were estimated by processing the FBG signals with two interrogation techniques: the maximum detection and fast phase correlation algorithms were employed for the demodulation of the FBG signals; the Peak-Picking and PolyMax techniques were instead used for the parameter estimation. To validate the FBG outcomes, reference measurements were performed by means of a laser Doppler vibrometer. The analysis of the results showed that the FBG sensing capabilities were enhanced when the recently-introduced fast phase correlation algorithm was combined with the state-of-the-art PolyMax estimator curve fitting method. In this case, the FBGs provided the most accurate results, i.e., it was possible to fully characterize the vibration behavior of both composite components. When using more traditional interrogation algorithms (maximum detection) and modal parameter estimation techniques (Peak-Picking), some of the modes were not successfully identified. PMID:26516854

  14. Dynamic Strain Measurements on Automotive and Aeronautic Composite Components by Means of Embedded Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors.

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    Lamberti, Alfredo; Chiesura, Gabriele; Luyckx, Geert; Degrieck, Joris; Kaufmann, Markus; Vanlanduit, Steve

    2015-10-26

    The measurement of the internal deformations occurring in real-life composite components is a very challenging task, especially for those components that are rather difficult to access. Optical fiber sensors can overcome such a problem, since they can be embedded in the composite materials and serve as in situ sensors. In this article, embedded optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors are used to analyze the vibration characteristics of two real-life composite components. The first component is a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer automotive control arm; the second is a glass fiber-reinforced polymer aeronautic hinge arm. The modal parameters of both components were estimated by processing the FBG signals with two interrogation techniques: the maximum detection and fast phase correlation algorithms were employed for the demodulation of the FBG signals; the Peak-Picking and PolyMax techniques were instead used for the parameter estimation. To validate the FBG outcomes, reference measurements were performed by means of a laser Doppler vibrometer. Sensors 2015, 15 27175 The analysis of the results showed that the FBG sensing capabilities were enhanced when the recently-introduced fast phase correlation algorithm was combined with the state-of-the-art PolyMax estimator curve fitting method. In this case, the FBGs provided the most accurate results, i.e. it was possible to fully characterize the vibration behavior of both composite components. When using more traditional interrogation algorithms (maximum detection) and modal parameter estimation techniques (Peak-Picking), some of the modes were not successfully identified.

  15. Optical Fiber Grating Hydrogen Sensors: A Review

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    Dai, Jixiang; Zhu, Li; Wang, Gaopeng; Xiang, Feng; Qin, Yuhuan; Wang, Min; Yang, Minghong

    2017-01-01

    In terms of hydrogen sensing and detection, optical fiber hydrogen sensors have been a research issue due to their intrinsic safety and good anti-electromagnetic interference. Among these sensors, hydrogen sensors consisting of fiber grating coated with sensitive materials have attracted intensive research interests due to their good reliability and distributed measurements. This review paper mainly focuses on optical fiber hydrogen sensors associated with fiber gratings and various materials. Their configurations and sensing performances proposed by different groups worldwide are reviewed, compared and discussed in this paper. Meanwhile, the challenges for fiber grating hydrogen sensors are also addressed. PMID:28287499

  16. Optical Fiber Grating Hydrogen Sensors: A Review.

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    Dai, Jixiang; Zhu, Li; Wang, Gaopeng; Xiang, Feng; Qin, Yuhuan; Wang, Min; Yang, Minghong

    2017-03-12

    In terms of hydrogen sensing and detection, optical fiber hydrogen sensors have been a research issue due to their intrinsic safety and good anti-electromagnetic interference. Among these sensors, hydrogen sensors consisting of fiber grating coated with sensitive materials have attracted intensive research interests due to their good reliability and distributed measurements. This review paper mainly focuses on optical fiber hydrogen sensors associated with fiber gratings and various materials. Their configurations and sensing performances proposed by different groups worldwide are reviewed, compared and discussed in this paper. Meanwhile, the challenges for fiber grating hydrogen sensors are also addressed.

  17. Fiber Bragg grating sensors for strain changes measurements at volcanic sites (MED-SUV project; WP 2; Sub-Task 2.2.2)

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    Sorrentino, Fiodor; Beverini, Nicolò; Calamai, Massimo; Carbone, Daniele; Fotino, Nicoletta; Francesconi, Francesco; Gambino, Salvatore; Grassi, Renzo; Messin, Alfio Alex; Maccioni, Enrico; Morganti, Mauro

    2015-04-01

    Stress and strain changes at volcanic areas are recognized among the best indicators of changes in the activity of the system, and its possible evolution towards critical stages. Depending on their time evolution, stress and strain changes have been the focus of either geodetic (static changes) or seismological (dynamical changes) studies. In volcano geodesy, encouraging results have been obtained though borehole strain-meters. However, they are not easy to install and involve high costs. Therefore, the near future of strain observations at volcanoes depends on the development of broad-band sensors which are low-cost and easy to install, even in the form of dense arrays. Advancements in opto-electronics have allowed the development of low-cost sensors, reliable, rugged and compact, which are particularly suitable for on-field application. In the framework of WP 2 (New monitoring and Observing systems) of the MED-SUV project, the sub-task 2.2 involves the development of strain sensors based on the fiber Bragg grating (FBG) technology. In comparison with previous implementation of the FBG technology to study rock deformations, the system that is being developed within MED-SUV is expected to offer a significantly higher resolution and accuracy in static measurements. Moreover, a careful study is being carried out in order to obtain a smooth dynamic response up to 100 Hz, thus allowing the observation of seismic waves. Finally, the system under development will allow multi-axial strain sensing. The system performances are tailored to suit the requirements of volcano monitoring, with special attention to the trade-off between resolution and cost, and with special care to power consumption. Here we present the results of a field campaign with a preliminary, single-axis FBG strain sensor prototype on Etna, which was carried out in order to check the system performances in out-of-the-lab conditions and in the hostile volcanic environment (lack of mains electricity for

  18. Interferometric visualization and demodulation method for measuring quasi-static strain in fiber Bragg grating sensors by a simple rotating etalon filter

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    Rocco, Alessandra S.; Coppola, Giuseppe; Ferraro, Pietro; Foti, Giuseppe; Iodice, Mario

    2004-09-01

    Optical fiber sensors are the ideal system to monitor "smart structures" and on-site/real time stress measurements: they can be in fact easily embedded or attached to the structures under test and are not affected by electro- magnetic noise. In particular a signal from a Fiber Bragg grating sensor (FBG) may be processed such that its information remains immune to optical power fluctuations. Different interrogation methods can be used for reading out Bragg wavelength shifts. In this paper we propose a very simple interferometric method for interrogating FBG sensors, based on bi-polished silicon sample acting like an etalon tuneable filter (ETF). The Bragg wavelength shift can be evaluated by analyzing the spectral response of signal reflected by the FBG sensor and filtered by the ETF that is continuously and rapidly tuned. Tuning was obtained by rotating the ETF. Variation in the strain at the FBG causes a phase shift in the analyzed signal. The overall spectral signal, collected with time, consists in an interferometric figure which finesse and fringe contrast depending on the geometrical sizes and facets reflectivity of the silicon sample. The fringe pattern, expressed by the Airy's formula, depends on the wavelength l of the incident radiation and on the angle of incidence. The phase of fringe pattern can be retrieved by a standard FFT method giving quantitative measurements of the quasi-static strain variation sensed by the FBG. In this way, the method allows a valuable visualization of the time-evolution of the incremental strain applied to the FBG. Principle of functioning of this method is described and first results obtained employing such configuration, are reported.

  19. Study on the fiber grating sensors in concrete safety monitoring

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    Liu, Hang; Li, Yang; Zhang, Yu-hong

    2014-09-01

    The concrete may be damaged because there are freeze-thaw cycles between winter and summer in cold regions. Strain is an alternative parameter which can be used to describe deformation. In this paper, the fiber bragg gratings(FBG) were used to concrete safety monitoring. The strain and temperature sensing properties have been studied. The fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) were used for the packaged techniques of FBG sensors. The neural network was applied to temperature compensation for FBG sensors.

  20. Review of High-Speed Fiber Optic Grating Sensors Systems

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    Udd, E; Benterou, J; May, C; Mihailov, S J; Lu, P

    2010-03-24

    Fiber grating sensors can be used to support a wide variety of high speed measurement applications. This includes measurements of vibrations on bridges, traffic monitoring on freeways, ultrasonic detection to support non-destructive tests on metal plates and providing details of detonation events. This paper provides a brief overview of some of the techniques that have been used to support high speed measurements using fiber grating sensors over frequency ranges from 10s of kHz, to MHZ and finally toward frequencies approaching the GHz regime. Very early in the development of fiber grating sensor systems it was realized that a high speed fiber grating sensor system could be realized by placing an optical filter that might be a fiber grating in front of a detector so that spectral changes in the reflection from a fiber grating were amplitude modulated. In principal the only limitation on this type of system involved the speed of the output detector which with the development of high speed communication links moved from the regime of 10s of MHz toward 10s of GHz. The earliest deployed systems involved civil structures including measurements of the strain fields on composite utility poles and missile bodies during break tests, bridges and freeways. This was followed by a series of developments that included high speed fiber grating sensors to support nondestructive testing via ultrasonic wave detection, high speed machining and monitoring ship hulls. Each of these applications involved monitoring mechanical motion of structures and thus interest was in speeds up to a few 10s of MHz. Most recently there has been interest in using fiber grating to monitor the very high speed events such as detonations and this has led to utilization of fiber gratings that are consumed during an event that may require detection speeds of hundreds of MHz and in the future multiple GHz.

  1. Modified fiber Bragg grating pulse pressure sensor

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    Kaczmarek, Tomasz; Kaczmarek, Zdzisław

    2007-04-01

    A new fiber optic, pulse pressure sensor with a Bragg grating, in the structure of which the operating principle of the Hopkinson bar is applied, is presented in the paper. The delivery of the measured pressure to the sensor is realized by means of a measuring head with truncated cone, made of silica glass and fusion-spliced to the grating's fiber. The optical and the electronic setup of the sensor is given. The sensor was employed to measure pulse pressure generated by an electric discharge in water. The obtained measurement results and the conclusions arising from them are presented.

  2. An Improved Metal-Packaged Strain Sensor Based on A Regenerated Fiber Bragg Grating in Hydrogen-Loaded Boron–Germanium Co-Doped Photosensitive Fiber for High-Temperature Applications

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    Tu, Yun; Ye, Lin; Zhou, Shao-Ping; Tu, Shan-Tung

    2017-01-01

    Local strain measurements are considered as an effective method for structural health monitoring of high-temperature components, which require accurate, reliable and durable sensors. To develop strain sensors that can be used in higher temperature environments, an improved metal-packaged strain sensor based on a regenerated fiber Bragg grating (RFBG) fabricated in hydrogen (H2)-loaded boron–germanium (B–Ge) co-doped photosensitive fiber is developed using the process of combining magnetron sputtering and electroplating, addressing the limitation of mechanical strength degradation of silica optical fibers after annealing at a high temperature for regeneration. The regeneration characteristics of the RFBGs and the strain characteristics of the sensor are evaluated. Numerical simulation of the sensor is conducted using a three-dimensional finite element model. Anomalous decay behavior of two regeneration regimes is observed for the FBGs written in H2-loaded B–Ge co-doped fiber. The strain sensor exhibits good linearity, stability and repeatability when exposed to constant high temperatures of up to 540 °C. A satisfactory agreement is obtained between the experimental and numerical results in strain sensitivity. The results demonstrate that the improved metal-packaged strain sensors based on RFBGs in H2-loaded B–Ge co-doped fiber provide great potential for high-temperature applications by addressing the issues of mechanical integrity and packaging. PMID:28241465

  3. An Improved Metal-Packaged Strain Sensor Based on A Regenerated Fiber Bragg Grating in Hydrogen-Loaded Boron-Germanium Co-Doped Photosensitive Fiber for High-Temperature Applications.

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    Tu, Yun; Ye, Lin; Zhou, Shao-Ping; Tu, Shan-Tung

    2017-02-23

    Local strain measurements are considered as an effective method for structural health monitoring of high-temperature components, which require accurate, reliable and durable sensors. To develop strain sensors that can be used in higher temperature environments, an improved metal-packaged strain sensor based on a regenerated fiber Bragg grating (RFBG) fabricated in hydrogen (H₂)-loaded boron-germanium (B-Ge) co-doped photosensitive fiber is developed using the process of combining magnetron sputtering and electroplating, addressing the limitation of mechanical strength degradation of silica optical fibers after annealing at a high temperature for regeneration. The regeneration characteristics of the RFBGs and the strain characteristics of the sensor are evaluated. Numerical simulation of the sensor is conducted using a three-dimensional finite element model. Anomalous decay behavior of two regeneration regimes is observed for the FBGs written in H₂-loaded B-Ge co-doped fiber. The strain sensor exhibits good linearity, stability and repeatability when exposed to constant high temperatures of up to 540 °C. A satisfactory agreement is obtained between the experimental and numerical results in strain sensitivity. The results demonstrate that the improved metal-packaged strain sensors based on RFBGs in H₂-loaded B-Ge co-doped fiber provide great potential for high-temperature applications by addressing the issues of mechanical integrity and packaging.

  4. Application of fiber Bragg grating sensors in civil engineering

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    Tian, ShiZhu; Zhao, Xuefeng; Zhou, Zhi; Ou, Jinping

    2005-06-01

    This paper mainly studies the application of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) in strain monitoring of civil engineering structure. The principle of FBG was illuminated. Static tests of a steel truss instrumented with FBG sensors were done, in order to study whose distinct sensing character and monitor strains of the truss. Then, FBG sensors were instrumented in a cable stayed bridge named Songhua River Bridge located in the Harbin city of China to monitor strains of key structure sections. A number of meaningful results were concluded.

  5. Vectorial strain gauge method using single flexible orthogonal polydimethylsiloxane gratings

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    Guo, Hao; Tang, Jun; Qian, Kun; Tsoukalas, Dimitris; Zhao, Miaomiao; Yang, Jiangtao; Zhang, Binzhen; Chou, Xiujian; Liu, Jun; Xue, Chenyang; Zhang, Wendong

    2016-03-01

    A vectorial strain gauge method using a single sensing element is reported based on the double-sided polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Fraunhofer diffraction gratings structures. Using O2 plasma treatment steps, orthogonal wrinkled gratings were fabricated on both sides of a pre-strained PDMS film. Diffracted laser spots from this structure have been used to experimentally demonstrate, that any applied strain can be quantitatively characterized in both the x and y directions with an error of less than 0.6% and with a gauge factor of approximately 10. This simple and low cost technology which is completely different from the traditional vectorial strain gauge method, can be applied to surface vectorial strain measurement and multi-axis integrated mechanical sensors.

  6. Vectorial strain gauge method using single flexible orthogonal polydimethylsiloxane gratings.

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    Guo, Hao; Tang, Jun; Qian, Kun; Tsoukalas, Dimitris; Zhao, Miaomiao; Yang, Jiangtao; Zhang, Binzhen; Chou, Xiujian; Liu, Jun; Xue, Chenyang; Zhang, Wendong

    2016-03-23

    A vectorial strain gauge method using a single sensing element is reported based on the double-sided polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Fraunhofer diffraction gratings structures. Using O2 plasma treatment steps, orthogonal wrinkled gratings were fabricated on both sides of a pre-strained PDMS film. Diffracted laser spots from this structure have been used to experimentally demonstrate, that any applied strain can be quantitatively characterized in both the x and y directions with an error of less than 0.6% and with a gauge factor of approximately 10. This simple and low cost technology which is completely different from the traditional vectorial strain gauge method, can be applied to surface vectorial strain measurement and multi-axis integrated mechanical sensors.

  7. Vectorial strain gauge method using single flexible orthogonal polydimethylsiloxane gratings

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    Guo, Hao; Tang, Jun; Qian, Kun; Tsoukalas, Dimitris; Zhao, Miaomiao; Yang, Jiangtao; Zhang, Binzhen; Chou, Xiujian; Liu, Jun; Xue, Chenyang; Zhang, Wendong

    2016-01-01

    A vectorial strain gauge method using a single sensing element is reported based on the double-sided polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Fraunhofer diffraction gratings structures. Using O2 plasma treatment steps, orthogonal wrinkled gratings were fabricated on both sides of a pre-strained PDMS film. Diffracted laser spots from this structure have been used to experimentally demonstrate, that any applied strain can be quantitatively characterized in both the x and y directions with an error of less than 0.6% and with a gauge factor of approximately 10. This simple and low cost technology which is completely different from the traditional vectorial strain gauge method, can be applied to surface vectorial strain measurement and multi-axis integrated mechanical sensors. PMID:27005493

  8. Embedded Bragg grating fiber optic sensor for composite flexbeams

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    Bullock, Daniel; Dunphy, James; Hufstetler, Gerard

    1993-03-01

    An embedded fiber-optic (F-O) sensor has been developed for translaminar monitoring of the structural integrity of composites, with a view to application in composite helicopter flexbeams for bearingless main rotor hubs. This through-thickness strain sensor is much more sensitive than conventional in-plane embedded F-O sensors to ply delamination, on the basis of a novel insertion technique and innovative Bragg grating sensor. Experimental trials have demonstrated the detection by this means of potential failures in advance of the edge-delamination or crack-propagation effect.

  9. Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors: Industrial Applications

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    Ambrosino, Carmen; Iadicicco, Agostino; Campopiano, Stefania; Cutolo, Antonello; Giordano, Michele; Cusanoa, Andrea

    Over the last few years, optical fiber sensors have seen increased acceptance and widespread use for a variety of applications. Among the large number of fiber optic sensing configurations, Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) based sensors, more than any other particular sensor type, have become widely known and popular within and out the photonics community and seen a rise in their utilization and commercial growth. The capability of FBGs to measure a multitude of parameters such as strain, temperature and pressure and many others coupled with their flexibility of design to be used as single point or multi-point sensing arrays and their relative low cost, make them ideal devices to be adopted for a multitude of different sensing applications and implemented in different fields and industries. This work, involving the present and next chapter, reports on recent FBG sensing applications in several industrial fields. In particular, we first summarize the FBG major milestones of their technological evolution in thirty years from the discovery of Kenneth Hill in 1978 and then focus the attention on FBG recent application in civil engineering. We also report on FBG applications in aerospace, energy, oil and gas, transportation and underwater industrial fields. In particular relevant works ranging from structural sensing and health monitoring of composites and structures in aeronautic areas, to pressure and temperature sensors for oil and gas reservoir monitoring, to acoustic sensors for underwater applications, to high voltage and high current sensing systems for the power industry to name just a few, proposed by research groups and industries in last years are discussed.

  10. Fiber optical Bragg grating sensors embedded in CFRP wires

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    Nellen, Philipp M.; Frank, Andreas; Broennimann, Rolf; Meier, Urs; Sennhauser, Urs J.

    1999-05-01

    Based on the example application of Emmenbridge, a newly built steel-concrete-composite bridge in Switzerland with 47 m long built-in carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) prestressing cables, we will present and analyze the process chain leading to a reliable surveillance of modern civil engineering structures with embedded fiber optical Bragg gratings. This consists first in the embedding of optical fibers and in-fiber Bragg gratings in long CFRP wires in an industrial environment, including fiber optical monitoring of the curing process. Then, various qualifying tests were done: annealing experiments for determining optical lifetime of the Bragg gratings used, dynamic and static tensile tests for estimating their mechanical lifetime under operation, push-out experiments to check adhesion of fiber/coating/matrix interfaces, and performance tests to determine strain and temperature sensitivity of the embedded Bragg gratings. Finally, the prestressing cables were equipped with the CFRP sensor wires and built into the bridge.

  11. Feasibility of fiber Bragg grating and long-period fiber grating sensors under different environmental conditions.

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    Wang, Jian-Neng; Tang, Jaw-Luen

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents the feasibility of utilizing fiber Bragg grating (FBG) and long-period fiber grating (LPFG) sensors for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of infrastructures using Portland cement concretes and asphalt mixtures for temperature, strain, and liquid-level monitoring. The use of hybrid FBG and LPFG sensors is aimed at utilizing the advantages of two kinds of fiber grating to implement NDE for monitoring strains or displacements, temperatures, and water-levels of infrastructures such as bridges, pavements, or reservoirs for under different environmental conditions. Temperature fluctuation and stability tests were examined using FBG and LPFG sensors bonded on the surface of asphalt and concrete specimens. Random walk coefficient (RWC) and bias stability (BS) were used for the first time to indicate the stability performance of fiber grating sensors. The random walk coefficients of temperature variations between FBG (or LPFG) sensor and a thermocouple were found in the range of -0.7499 °C/ [square root]h to -1.3548 °C/ [square root]h. In addition, the bias stability for temperature variations, during the fluctuation and stability tests with FBG (or LPFG) sensors were within the range of 0.01 °C/h with a 15-18 h time cluster to 0.09 °C/h with a 3-4 h time cluster. This shows that the performance of FBG or LPFG sensors is comparable with that of conventional high-resolution thermocouple sensors under rugged conditions. The strain measurement for infrastructure materials was conducted using a packaged FBG sensor bonded on the surface of an asphalt specimen under indirect tensile loading conditions. A finite element modeling (FEM) was applied to compare experimental results of indirect tensile FBG strain measurements. For a comparative analysis between experiment and simulation, the FEM numerical results agreed with those from FBG strain measurements. The results of the liquid-level sensing tests show the LPFG-based sensor could discriminate five

  12. Chirped polymer optical fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Marques, Carlos A. F.; Pereira, L.; Antunes, P.; Mergo, P.; Webb, D. J.; Pinto, J. L.; André, P.

    2017-05-01

    We report chirped fiber Bragg gratings (CFBGs) photo-inscribed in undoped PMMA polymer optical fibre (POF) for the first time. The chirped polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings (CPOFBGs) were inscribed using an UV KrF excimer laser operating at 248 nm. The rectangular gauss laser beam was expanded to 25 mm in horizontal direction along the fiber core by a cylindrical lens, giving a total of 25 mm grating length. A 25 mm long chirped phase mask chosen for 1550 nm grating inscription was used. The laser frequency was 1 Hz with an energy of 5 mJ per exposure, exposing few pulses for each grating inscription. The reflection amplitude spectrum evolution of a CPOFBG is investigated as a function of the applied strain and temperature. Also, some results regarding to group delay are collected and discussed. These results pave the way to further developments in different fields, where POFs could present some advantages preferably replacing their silica counterparts.

  13. An investigation of interface transferring mechanism of surface-bonded fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Wu, Rujun; Fu, Kunkun; Chen, Tian

    2017-08-01

    Surface-bonded fiber Bragg grating sensor has been widely used in measuring strain in materials. The existence of fiber Bragg grating sensor affects strain distribution of the host material, which may result in a decrease in strain measurement accuracy. To improve the measurement accuracy, a theoretical model of strain transfer from the host material to optical fiber was developed, incorporating the influence of the fiber Bragg grating sensor. Subsequently, theoretical predictions were validated by comparing with data from finite element analysis and the existing experiment [F. Ansari and Y. Libo, J. Eng. Mech. 124(4), 385-394 (1998)]. Finally, the effect of parameters of fiber Bragg grating sensors on the average strain transfer rate was discussed.

  14. Two-dimensional fibre grating packaging design for simultaneous strain and temperature measurement

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    Mokhtar, M. R.; Sun, T.; Grattan, K. T. V.

    2010-09-01

    This paper demonstrates a novel two-dimensional sensor packaging design to facilitate the use of fibre grating-based sensors for simultaneous strain and temperature measurement. The width and height of a sensor package were optimized to induce dissimilar responses from two co-located fibre gratings within the sensor head. Through an appropriate calibration of both the strain and temperature coefficients of the individual fibre gratings used, both strain and temperature can be accurately determined and their individual components separated by measuring the shift in their respective Bragg wavelengths. This approach can not only ensure the robustness of the sensor head, but also offer the necessary level of control over the differences between the coefficients, which allows for maximizing the accuracy of the strain and temperature values determined from the sensor itself.

  15. Railway monitoring and train tracking by fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Mennella, F.; Laudati, A.; Esposito, M.; Cusano, A.; Cutolo, A.; Giordano, M.; Campopiano, S.; Breglio, G.

    2007-07-01

    The aim of this work is to demonstrate the efficiency of fiber Bragg grating sensors to be used for in situ railway monitoring and train tracking applications. In the specific case, FBGs (Fiber Bragg Gratings) sensors have been bonded to rails in order to perform two different kinds of measurements: dynamic strain to analyze the characteristic frequency response of the rail and train tracking (speed and rail deformation when loaded by running trains). The efficiency of the sensing system has been verified in terms of significance of the information retrieved by the sensing data resolution and the high speed response. The obtained results confirm the real possibility to adopt fiber optic sensors based on FBG technology as excellent devices to ensure multipoint monitoring of railway structures taking advantages of the typical peculiarities of FBG such as long distance interrogation, easy multiplexing, electromagnetic interferences immunity.

  16. Fiber Bragg Grating Filter High Temperature Sensors

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    Lyons, Donald R.; Brass, Eric D.; Pencil, Eric (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    We present a scaled-down method for determining high temperatures using fiber-based Bragg gratings. Bragg gratings are distributed along the length of the optical fiber, and have high reflectivities whenever the optical wavelength is twice the grating spacing. These spatially distinct Bragg regions (located in the core of a fiber) are sensitive to local temperature changes. Since these fibers are silica-based they are easily affected by localized changes in temperature, which results in changes to both the grating spacing and the wavelength reflectivity. We exploit the shift in wavelength reflectivity to measure the change in the local temperature. Note that the Bragg region (sensing area) is some distance away from where the temperature is being measured. This is done so that we can measure temperatures that are much higher than the damage threshold of the fiber. We do this by affixing the fiber with the Bragg sensor to a material with a well-known coefficient of thermal expansion, and model the heat gradient from the region of interest to the actual sensor. The research described in this paper will culminate in a working device as well as be the second portion of a publication pending submission to Optics Letters.

  17. Use of 3000 Bragg Grating Strain Sensors Distributed on Four Eight-meter Optical Fibers During Static Load Tests of a Composite Structure

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    Childers, Brooks A.; Froggatt, Mark E.; Allison, Sidney G.; Moore, Thomas C., Sr.; Hare, David A.; Batten, Christopher F.; Jegley, Dawn C.

    2001-01-01

    This paper describes the use of a fiber optic system to measure strain at thousands of locations along optical fibers where weakly reflecting Bragg gratings have been photoetched. The optical fibers were applied to an advanced composite transport wing along with conventional foil strain gages. A comparison of the fiber optic and foil gage systems used for this test will be presented including: a brief description of both strain data systems; a discussion of the process used for installation of the optical fiber; comparative data from the composite wing test; the processes used for the location and display of the high density fiber optic data. Calibration data demonstrating the potential accuracy of the fiber optic system will also be presented. The opportunities for industrial and commercial applications will be discussed. The fiber optic technique is shown to be a valuable augmentation to foil strain gages providing insight to structural behavior previously requiring reliance on modeling.

  18. Fiber Bragg Grating Temperature Sensor for Defence and Industrial Applications

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    Gebru, Haftay Abadi; Padhy, B. B.

    2011-10-01

    This paper presents the design and development of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) temperature sensor suitable for naval applications like temperature monitoring of onboard ships. The Bragg gratings used here have a reflection Bragg wavelength of 1550 nm and are inscribed by phase mask technique using ultraviolet (UV) laser beam at 255.3 nm. The high-resolution temperature sensor has been designed and developed based on the principle of converting the strain to temperature. This is achieved by using bimetallic configuration. Here lead and tungsten metals are used. The expansion of lead is concentrated on the Bragg grating, thus imparting strain on it. The wavelength shift with change of temperature is recorded with optical spectrum analyzer. The minimum temperature that could be measured accurately by the sensor with repeatability is of the order of 10-2. We have achieved thermal sensitivity of 46 pm/°C and 72 pm/°C for sensor lengths (length of the metallic strips) of 60 mm and 100 mm respectively. The thermal sensitivity achieved is approximately 3.5 times and 5.5 times that of bare FBG with thermal sensitivity of 13 pm/°C for the respective sensor lengths. This type of sensor can play vital role in defence and industrial applications like monitoring fresh water/lubricating oil temperatures of machinery in onboard ships, temperature monitoring of airframe of the aircraft, aircraft engine control system sensors, temperature measurement of hot gases from propellant combustion to protect the rocket motor casing, monitoring and control of temperature of copper bars of the power generators etc.

  19. [Study of an optical fiber grating sensor for monitoring corrosion of reinforcing steel].

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    Li, Jun; Wu, Jin; Gao, Jun-qi

    2010-01-01

    Based on the principle of the fiber Bragg grating strain sensor as well as the volume expansion of the reinforcing steel due to corrosion, an optical fiber grating sensor for monitoring corrosion of reinforcing steel and the method of temperature compensation were studied in the present paper. The sensor construction is that one Bragg grating is stuck on the inner center of two bars against each other, and the reinforcement volume as well as the diameter will expand due to corrosion. Based upon sensing mechanism, monitoring will be carried out by transforming the diameter increase to the fiber strain, and as a result the degree and rate of reinforcement corrosion can be obtained. The principle of corrosion monitoring is that the strain induced by corrosion and temperature fluctuation is measured by a reinforcing steel fiber grating sensor. At the same time, the strain induced by temperature fluctuation is also measured by an individual stainless fiber grating sensor. Therefore by two independent fiber grating sensors, the volume changed by corrosion can be separated. By the concrete encapsulating and embedding method of FBG corrosion sensor, the degree of corrosion of reinforcing reinforcement will be measured directly, which is not affected by corrosion factors and can be used in the early corrosion monitoring of reinforcement in concrete structures. Finally the relationship between corrosion rate and shift in center wavelength was calibrated by experiment.

  20. Safety monitoring of rail transit by fiber grating sensors

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    Xu, Xiaomei; Li, Xuejin; Deng, Yuanlong; Liu, Xiaoqing; Yu, Yongqin; Zhou, Huasheng

    2013-12-01

    The subway is a representative form of the rail transit, and its catenary suspension system is a very important aspect to the safety of the whole system. The safety monitoring of the subway catenary suspension system is studied in this paper. A demonstrate model is set up in the laboratory, and some fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors including strain sensors and displacement sensors were utilized in the demonstrate system. It is shown that the used sensors could indicate the safety information of the system effectively. Especially, the designed displacement sensor that is packaged by athermal technique can abandon the influence of the environment temperature in a certain degree. Its engineering applicability is greatly improved.

  1. Experiences with fiber optic Bragg grating sensors in civil engineering

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    Brownjohn, James M. W.; Moyo, Pilate; Wang, Yong; Tjin, Chuan S.; Lim, Tuan-Kay

    2001-06-01

    Initially developed for applications in the aerospace industry, fiber-optic Bragg grating sensors (FBG) have attracted attention in the civil engineering community. The interest in FBG sensors has been motivated by the potential advantages they can offer over existing sensing technologies. They are, immune to electromagnetic interference, small in size and can be easier to install than traditional electrical resistance strain gauges. They can also be multiplexed, that is, a single fiber may have more than one change. Although field test of FBG sensors have been reported in literature, there is a dearth of information on their installation procedures, their precision in quantifying strains of concrete structures, and robustness requirements for embedment in concrete structures. In particular the harsh environment during the construction of concrete structures is a great challenge in the installation of these fragile sensors. The paper reports on our experiences with FBG sensors in concrete structures. FBG sensor have been sued to quantify strain, temperature and to capture vibration signals. Th result of these studies indicate that, if properly installed, FBG sensors can survive the sever conditions associated with the embedment process and yield accurate measurements of strains and vibration response, so it is possible to benefit from their potential advantages.

  2. Etched core fiber Bragg grating sensor integrated with microfluidic channel

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    Lee, Sang-Mae; Jeong, Myung-Yung; Saini, Simarjeet S.

    2011-05-01

    We demonstrate an etched-core fiber Bragg grating sensor for detection of bio-chemical agents. The fiber Bragg grating of the sensor is etched to a diameter of 7 μm. The transition between the etched and the unetched core consists of an asymmetric taper resulting in excitation of multiple modes. The different excited modes respond differently to change in refractive index, temperature and strain. This allows for measurements for changes in these three parameters in a single measurement by simultaneous measurement of reflections in Bragg wavelengths for different modes. This parametric discrimination is confirmed experimentally by measuring the refractive index of water as temperature is increased. The sensor is then integrated in a micro-fluidic channel fabricated using Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate and tested by introducing different chemicals. The sensitivity of the sensor to refractive index change is 92 nm/riu close to the refractive index of water. Assuming a wavelength resolution of 1 pm, index resolution of 1x10-5, a strain resolution of 1 microstrain, and a temperature resolution of 0.032 ºC is achieved by the sensor.

  3. Distributed fiber optic strain sensor based on the Sagnac and Michelson interferometers

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    Udd, Eric

    1996-04-01

    By placing fiber optic gratings in a Sagnac loop a distributed strain sensor may be formed by using the light reflected from the fiber gratings as sources for balanced Michelson and Mach- Zehnder interferometers. In this manner the resulting fiber optic sensor is capable of measuring integrated strain over lengths determined by the fiber grating position, point strain and temperature at the fiber grating locations and localizing and measuring the position of a time varying signal such as an acoustic wave.

  4. Study of differential fiber Bragg grating seepage pressure sensor

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    Chen, Xiao; Zhang, Dongsheng; Wu, Mengqi

    2017-03-01

    In order to accurate measurement of seepage water pressure in soil, according to the pressure sensor characteristic of bellows, and the strain sensor characteristic of triangle cantilever beam and FBG, a differential fiber Bragg grating sensor is designed. The bellows generate axial displacement under the action of osmotic pressure, then the axial displacement passes to the triangle cantilever beam, and the triangle cantilever beam generates a deflection change. The deflection change makes the FBG generate axial displacement. The pressure is obtained by detecting the difference between the center wavelengths of the FBG. And the effects of environmental changes are also reduced by using a differential structure. In the process of booster, calibration experiments show that the pressure sensitivity of the sensor is 11.96pm/kPa, its linearity is about 1.3%, the repeatability is 2.9% FS; in the process of decompression, the pressure sensitivity of the sensor is 10.56pm/kPa, its linearity is about 4.6%, the repeatability is 1.9% FS. And the environmental temperature change influence on measurement results lower than 1%. The results show that, the osmotic pressure of fiber grating sensor to a small range within the scope of the osmotic pressure can be measured accurately. It also can generalize to the large range of measurement by changing the parameters of bellows and equal strength beam.

  5. Application and characterization of intracore grating sensors in a CFRP prestressed concrete girder

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    Alavie, A. Tino; Maaskant, Robert; Ohn, Myo M.; Rizkalla, Sami; Measures, Raymond M.

    1994-05-01

    Intracore Bragg grating sensors have been bonded on to the CFRP tendons of a prestressed concrete girder. The sensors survived both the installation procedure and casting of the concrete beam. Sensor performance is characterized in terms of maximum tensile strength and fatigue behavior. The fiber sensors survived strains of greater than 8000 (mu) (epsilon) and showed no change in either center wavelength or spectral content for 2000 (mu) (epsilon) over 320,000 cycles. The intracore grating sensor was used in a static loading test of the girder to failure and showed excellent stability and durability in comparison with the conventional technology.

  6. Miniature multiplexed fiber-grating-array sensor for the interrogation of localized strain patterns during crack growth studies upon hybrid laminate panels

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    Dakin, John P.; Austin, Timothy S. P.; Gregson, Peter J.; Guerrier, Daniel J.; Trundle, Keith J.

    1999-02-01

    As part of a project to optimize hybrid laminates for resistance to fatigue failure, arrays of fiber Bragg gratings are being used to monitor small-scale strain perturbations in composite materials. A remote multiplexed sensing system with 40 remote sensing sties using fiber optic technology, has been developed to monitor the strain field developed across the composite lamina of a hybrid laminate in the vicinity of a fatigue crack. Developed primarily for fatigue-critical aerospace applications, i.e. fuselage and lower wing skins, the hybrid laminates are orthotropic materials having lower density and higher strength than a simple alloy monolith without reinforcement. Fatigue crack growth in hybrid laminates is a complex process that involves a combination of delamination and fiber bridging. The fiber optic system has been applied to the problem of characterizing delamination zone development about a fatigue crack, initiated at a through-thickness fastener hole.

  7. Certification of a submarine design using fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Kiddy, Jason S.; Baldwin, Chris S.; Salter, Toni J.

    2004-07-01

    Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) has recently planned, installed, and tested a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensor system to validate FEM predictions of a new submarine design undergoing American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) certification testing. Fiber optic triaxial, biaxial, and uniaxial gage locations were selected based on the FEM analysis. FBGs were placed on six optical fibers with two fibers (33 sensors) mounted internally to the hull and four fibers (64 sensors) mounted externally. Testing was performed by lowering the submarine to the design depth and recording strain measurements. The optical sensor signals were transmitted directly to the water's surface and monitored by top-side interrogation instrumentation through over 2000 feet of optical cable. Measured temperature-compensated strain values were compared to the FEM predicted strain values with excellent results. To the author's knowledge, this successful test represents the first time that FBG sensors have been used to certify a submarine design and to validate FEM analysis on a large-scale structure.

  8. In-line fiber Bragg grating sensors for steel corrosion detection

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    Deng, Fodan; Huang, Ying; Azarmi, Fardad

    2016-04-01

    A corrosion monitoring system for steel using Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors is proposed. FBG sensors were protected by hypodermic tubes and a layer of adhesive. The increase in volume caused by the presence of corrosion product introduces strain that can be monitored by FBG sensors. Experimental results showed a positive correlation between the strain and corrosion product, and the change in central wavelength has the potential to serve as an indicator for material weight loss due to corrosion.

  9. Development of Interpretation Algorithm for Optical Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for Composite Structures

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    Peters, Kara

    2002-12-01

    Increasingly, optical fiber sensors, and in particular Bragg grating sensors, are being used in aerospace structures due to their immunity to electrical noise and the ability to multiplex hundreds of sensors into a single optical fiber. This significantly reduces the cost per sensor as the number of fiber connections and demodulation systems required is also reduced. The primary objective of this project is to study the effects of mounting issues such as adhesion, surface roughness, and high strain gradients on the interpretation of the measured strain. This is performed through comparison with electrical strain gage benchmark data. The long-term goal is to integrate such optical fiber Bragg grating sensors into a structural integrity monitoring system for the 2nd Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle. Previously, researchers at NASA Langley instrumented a composite wingbox with both optical fiber Bragg grating sensors and electrical strain gages during laboratory load-to-failure testing. A considerable amount of data was collected during these tests. For this project, data from two of the sensing optical fibers (each containing 800 Bragg grating sensors) were analyzed in detail. The first fiber studied was mounted in a straight line on the upper surface of the wingbox far from any structural irregularities. The results from these sensors showed a relatively large amount of noise compared to the electrical strain gages, but measured the same averaged strain curve. It was shown that the noise could be varied through the choice of input parameters in the data interpretation algorithm. Based upon the assumption that the strain remains constant along the gage length (a valid assumption for this fiber as confirmed by the measured grating spectra) this noise was significantly reduced. The second fiber was mounted on the lower surface of the wingbox in a pattern that circled surface cutouts and ran close to sites of impact damage, induced before the loading tests. As

  10. Temperature-compensated fibre Bragg grating -based sensor with variable sensitivity

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    Di Sante, Raffaella; Bastianini, Filippo

    2015-12-01

    In this paper a Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG)-based sensor device for strain measurement with adjustable full-scale sensitivity is proposed. Installation flanges of the sensor can be moved with respect to the internal fixed FBG sensing length in order to adjust the overall strain sensitivity and the full scale measurement range of the device. Thermal drift is compensated using a technique based on the thermal expansion of a solid block connected to the fibre, in the pre-stressed region outside the grating. Typical calibration curves are reported to illustrate the sensor sensitivity variation with the layout and temperature.

  11. Multilayer with periodic grating based high performance SPR waveguide sensor

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    Teotia, Pradeep Kumar; Kaler, R. S.

    2017-07-01

    We propose a high performance periodic grating coupled multi-layered surface plasmon resonance (SPR) waveguide based on Al+Au. High sensitivity is obtained by using grating filled with silver instead of air. Further sensor's performance is analysed by optimising width and thickness of SPR active metal layer as well as grating period also. Using finite difference time domain (FDTD) method, we have shown that sensitivity and detection accuracy can be improvised using appropriate multi-layered grating configuration.

  12. A film pressure sensor based on optical fiber Bragg grating

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    Zhang, Zhichun; Deng, Gang; Dai, Yongbo; Liu, Yanju; Leng, Jinsong

    2010-03-01

    The measurement of pressure is essential for the design and flying controlling of aircraft. In order to measure the surface pressures of the aircraft, the common pressure tube method and Pressure sensitive paint measurement method have their own disadvantages, and are not applicable to all aircraft structures and real time pressure monitoring. In this paper, a novel thin film pressure sensor based on Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) is proposed, using FBG measuring the tangential strain of the disk sensing film. Theoretical circle strain of the disk sensing film of the pressure sensor under pressure and temperature variation are analyzed, and the linear relationship between FBG center wavelength shift and pressure, temperature variation is gotten. The pressure and temperature calibration experiments prove the theoretical analysis. But the calibration sensing parameters are small than the calculating ones, which is caused by the constraint of optical fibre to the thin sensing film.

  13. Fiber Bragg grating sensors for structural and railway applications

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    Tam, H. Y.; Liu, S. Y.; Guan, B. O.; Chung, W. H.; Chan, T. H.; Cheng, L. K.

    2005-02-01

    Historically, due to the high cost of optical devices, fiber-optics sensor systems were only employed in niche areas where conventional electrical sensors are not suitable. This scenario changed dramatically in the last few years following the explosion of the Internet which caused the rapid expansion of the optical fiber telecommunication industry and substantially driven down the cost of optical components. In recent years, fiber-optic sensors and particularly fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors have attracted a lot of interests and are being used in numerous applications. We have conducted several field trials of FBG sensors for railway applications and structural monitoring. About 30 FBG sensors were installed on the rail tracks of Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp. for train identification and speed measurements and the results obtained show that FBG sensors exhibit very good performance and could play a major role in the realization of "Smart Railway". FBG sensors were also installed on Hong Kong's landmark TsingMa Bridge, which is the world longest suspension bridge (2.2 km) that carries both trains and regular road traffic. The trials were carried out with a high-speed (up to 20 kHz) interrogation system based on CCD and also with a interrogation unit that based on scanning optical filter (up to 70 Hz). Forty FBGs sensors were divided into 3 arrays and installed on different parts of the bridge (suspension cable, rocker bearing and truss girders). The objectives of the field trial on the TsingMa Bridge are to monitor the strain of different parts of the bridge under railway load and highway load, and to compare the FBG sensors' performance with conventional resistive strain gauges already installed on the bridge. The measured results show that excellent agreement was obtained between the 2 types of sensors.

  14. Comparison of recoated fiber Bragg grating sensors under tension on a steel coupon

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    Rivera, E.; Thomson, D. J.; Mufti, A. A.

    2005-05-01

    One of the key elements in a structural health monitoring system is the sensing element and data acquisition system. One type of fiber optic sensor used to measure strain is the fiber Bragg grating. Bragg gratings are fabricated using different methods. One method involves placing a mask pattern over the optical fiber and projecting UV light through it to change the refractive index of the core. However, before the grating is written into the core of the fibre, the outer fibre coatings must be stripped away either mechanically or chemically. Fibre Bragg gratings are then recoated after the grating has been written to maintain the strength and flexibility of the fibre by protecting the exposed glass from damage. Acrylate and polyimide are two types of recoat material typically used on fibre Bragg grating sensors. This work is a controlled comparison of polyimide and acrylate recoated fibres for Bragg grating strain sensors. The comparison was carried out using a tension test coupon with recoated FBG and electrical strain gauges bonded to its surface. The tension test specimen was made of cold rolled steel and was designed according to ASTM A30-97a standard. The dimensions were chosen such that three fibre optic sensors and a strain gauge can be attached on each side. The load was applied in 40 μɛ steps until the strain reached approximately 200 ´ɛ. The load was then incrementally decreased back to zero. FBG sensors from 2 manufacturers were compared. For the first manufacturer the Acrylate coated sensors required a gauge factor is 0.75 in order for electrical and FBG strain readings to agree. For Polyimide coated sensors, the appropriate gauge factor was very close to the theoretically predicted value of 0.8. Using these gauge factors, the error between the first manufacturers sensor readings and the strain gauges was well within +/-5´ɛ. On the other hand, the second manufacturers sensors did not perform nearly as well. Their readings were substantially lower

  15. Simulation of fiber Bragg grating sensor for rebar corrosion

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    Geng, Jiang; Wu, Jin; Zhao, Xinming

    2009-07-01

    It is world widely concerned in the durability of reinforced concrete structures. Corrosion of rebar is one of the most important factors which can affect the durability of the concrete structures, and may result in damage to the structures in the form of expansion, cracking and eventually spalling of the cover concrete. In addition, the structural damage may be due to loss of bond between reinforcement and concrete and reduction of reinforcement cross-sectional area, and finally it may cause structure failure. With the advantages of linear reaction, small volume, high anti-erosion capability and automatic signal transmission, the smart sensors made of fiber bragg grating (FBG) to monitor strain, stress, temperature and local crack have got wide application in buildings, bridges and tunnels. FBG can be adhered to the surface of the structure, and also can be embedded into the inner of the structures when the project is being under construction to realize the real-time health monitoring. Based on volume expansion, the fiber bragg grating sensor for rebar corrosion is designed. The corrosion status of the structure can be obtained from the information provided by sensors. With the aid of the finite element software ANSYS, the simulation of the corrosion sensor was carried in this paper. The relationship between corrosion ratio and the shift of wavelength was established. According to the results of the simulation, there were differences between simulated results and measured results. The reason of the differences was also studied in this paper.

  16. Multipoint sensor based on fiber Bragg gratings

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    Méndez-Zepeda, O.; Muñoz-Aguirre, S.; Beltrán-Pérez, G.; Castillo-Mixcóatl, J.

    2011-01-01

    In some control and industrial measurement systems of physical variables (pressure, temperature, flow, etc) it is necessary one system and one sensor to control each process. On the other hand, there are systems such as PLC (Programmable Logic Control), which can process several signals simultaneously. However it is still necessary to use one sensor for each variable. Therefore, in the present work the use of a multipoint sensor to solve such problem has been proposed. The sensor consists of an optical fiber laser with two Fabry-Perot cavities constructed using fiber Bragg gratings (FBG). In the same system is possible to measure changes in two variables by detecting the intermodal separation frequency of each cavity and evaluate their amplitudes. The intermodal separation frequency depends on each cavity length. The sensor signals are monitored through an oscilloscope or a PCI card and after that acquired by PC, where they are analyzed and displayed. Results of the evaluation of the intermodal frequency separation peak amplitude behavior with FBG stretching are presented.

  17. Prediction of Composite Pressure Vessel Failure Location using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Kreger, Steven T.; Taylor, F. Tad; Ortyl, Nicholas E.; Grant, Joseph

    2006-01-01

    Ten composite pressure vessels were instrumented with fiber Bragg grating sensors in order to assess the strain levels of the vessel under various loading conditions. This paper and presentation will discuss the testing methodology, the test results, compare the testing results to the analytical model, and present a possible methodology for predicting the failure location and strain level of composite pressure vessels.

  18. Thermal and chemical treatment of polymer optical fiber Bragg grating sensors for enhanced mechanical sensitivity

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    Pospori, A.; Marques, C. A. F.; Sáez-Rodríguez, D.; Nielsen, K.; Bang, O.; Webb, D. J.

    2017-07-01

    An investigation of the thermal annealing effects on the strain, stress, and force sensitivities of polymer optical fiber Bragg grating sensors is performed. We demonstrate for the first time that the fiber annealing can enhance both stress and force sensitivities of Bragg grating sensors, with the possible cause being the molecular relaxation of the polymer when fiber is raised above the β -transition temperature. A simple, cost-effective, but well controlled method for fiber annealing is also presented in this work. In addition, the effects of chemical etching on the strain, stress, and force sensitivities have been investigated. Results show that fiber etching too can increase the force sensitivity, and it can also affect the strain and stress sensitivities of the Bragg grating sensors.

  19. Temperature insensitive measurements of displacement using fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Yang, Shuang; Li, Jun; Xu, Shengming; Sun, Miao; Tang, Yuquan; Gao, Gang; Dong, Fengzhong

    2016-11-01

    Optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) displacement sensors play an important role in various areas due to the high sensitivity to displacement. However, it becomes a serious problem of FBG cross-sensitivity of temperature and displacement in applications with FBG displacement sensing. This paper presents a method of temperature insensitive measurement of displacement via using an appropriate layout of the sensor. A displacement sensor is constructed with two FBGs mounted on the opposite surface of a cantilever beam. The wavelengths of the FBGs shift with a horizontal direction displacement acting on the cantilever beam. Displacement measurement can be achieved by demodulating the wavelengths difference of the two FBGs. In this case, the difference of the two FBGs' wavelengths can be taken in order to compensate for the temperature effects. Four cantilever beams with different shapes are designed and the FBG strain distribution is quite different from each other. The deformation and strain distribution of cantilever beams are simulated by using finite element analysis, which is used to optimize the layout of the FBG displacement sensor. Experimental results show that an obvious increase in the sensitivity of this change on the displacement is obtained while temperature dependence greatly reduced. A change in the wavelength can be found with the increase of displacement from 0 to 10mm for a cantilever beam. The physical size of the FBG displacement sensor head can be adjusted to meet the need of different applications, such as structure health monitoring, smart material sensing, aerospace, etc.

  20. Fiber Bragg grating sensor-based communication assistance device

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    Padma, Srivani; Umesh, Sharath; Pant, Shweta; Srinivas, Talabattula; Asokan, Sundarrajan

    2016-08-01

    Improvements in emergency medicine in the form of efficient life supporting systems and intensive care have increased the survival rate in critically injured patients; however, in some cases, severe brain and spinal cord injuries can result in a locked-in syndrome or other forms of paralysis, and communication with these patients may become restricted or impossible. The present study proposes a noninvasive, real-time communication assistive methodology for those with restricted communication ability, employing a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor. The communication assistive methodology comprises a breath pattern analyzer using an FBG sensor, which acquires the exhalation force that is converted into strain variations on a cantilever. The FBG breath pattern analyzer along with specific breath patterns, which are programmed to give specific audio output commands, constitutes the proposed fiber Bragg grating sensor-based communication assistive device. The basic communication can be carried out by instructing the patients with restricted communication ability to perform the specific breath patterns. The present approach is intended to be an alternative to the common approach of brain-computer interface in which an instrument is utilized for learning of brain responses.

  1. Design considerations for a fibre Bragg grating interrogation system utilizing an arrayed waveguide grating for dynamic strain measurement

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    John, R. N.; Read, I.; MacPherson, W. N.

    2013-07-01

    Dynamic strain signals are important for many structural monitoring applications, but the high-speed interrogation of strain sensors based on fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) remains a challenge. Arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) interrogation schemes have been proposed, and by using modelling and validation experiments several design considerations are investigated and their relationship to system performance indicators determined. The Bragg grating length has an impact on the ability of the grating to ‘observe’ the transient strain field, while the spectral widths of both the FBG and AWG influence the recovered strain resolution. The system performance was examined for both high frequency noise as well as the long-term drifts over an hour, with a strain resolution of 1.4 µɛ observed and drift of less than 3.1 µɛ h-1. The noise dependence on the relative overlap of the AWG and FBG spectra was found to be significant and the inclusion of a semiconductor optical amplifier to boost light intensity at the detectors was found to significantly improve performance with an improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio up to 200%.

  2. Railway track component condition monitoring using optical fibre Bragg grating sensors

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    Buggy, S. J.; James, S. W.; Staines, S.; Carroll, R.; Kitson, P.; Farrington, D.; Drewett, L.; Jaiswal, J.; Tatam, R. P.

    2016-05-01

    The use of optical fibre Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors to monitor the condition of safety critical rail components is investigated. Fishplates, switchblades and stretcher bars on the Stagecoach Supertram tramway in Sheffield in the UK have been instrumented with arrays of FBG sensors. The dynamic strain signatures induced by the passage of a tram over the instrumented components have been analysed to identify features indicative of changes in the condition of the components.

  3. Miniature fiber Bragg grating sensor interrogator (FBG-Transceiver) system

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    Mendoza, Edgar A.; Kempen, Cornelia; Lopatin, Craig

    2007-04-01

    This paper describes recent progress conducted towards the development of a miniature fiber Bragg grating sensor interrogator (FBG-Transceiver TM) system based on multi-channel integrated optic sensor (InOSense TM) microchip technology. The hybrid InOSense TM microchip technology enables the integration of all of the functionalities, both passive and active, of conventional bench top FBG sensor interrogator systems, packaged in a miniaturized, low power operation, 2-cm x 5-cm package suitable for the long-term structural health monitoring in applications where size, weight, and power are critical for operation. The FBG-Transceiver system uses active optoelectronic components monolithically integrated to the InOSense TM microchip, a microprocessor controlled signal processing electronics board capable of processing the FBG sensors signals related to stress-strain and temperature as well as vibration and acoustics. The FBG-Transceiver TM system represents a new, reliable, highly robust technology that can be used to accurately monitor the status of an array of distributed fiber optic Bragg grating sensors installed in critical infrastructures. Its miniature package, low power operation, and state-of-the-art data communications architecture, all at a very affordable price makes it a very attractive solution for a large number of SHM/NDI applications in aerospace, naval and maritime industry, civil structures like bridges, buildings and dams, the oil and chemical industry, and for homeland security applications. The miniature, cost-efficient FBG-Transceiver TM system is poised to revolutionize the field of structural health monitoring and nondestructive inspection market. The sponsor of this program is NAVAIR under a DOD SBIR contract.

  4. High Speed Measurements using Fiber-optic Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Benterou, J J; May, C A; Udd, E; Mihailov, S J; Lu, P

    2011-03-26

    Fiber grating sensors may be used to monitor high-speed events that include catastrophic failure of structures, ultrasonic testing and detonations. This paper provides insights into the utility of fiber grating sensors to measure structural changes under extreme conditions. An emphasis is placed on situations where there is a structural discontinuity. Embedded chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) sensors can track the very high-speed progress of detonation waves (6-9 km/sec) inside energetic materials. This paper discusses diagnostic instrumentation and analysis techniques used to measure these high-speed events.

  5. Respiratory monitoring using fibre long period grating sensors

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    Allsop, T.; Reeves, R.; Webb, D. J.; Bennion, I.; Earthrowl, T.; Jones, B.; Miller, M.

    2005-08-01

    We demonstrate the use of a series of in-line fibre long period grating curvature sensors on a garment, used to monitor the thoracic and abdominal volumetric tidal movements of a human subject. These results are used to obtain volumetric tidal changes of the human torso showing reasonable agreement with a spirometer used simultaneously to record the volume at the mouth during breathing. The curvature sensors are based upon long period gratings written in a progressive three layered fibre that are insensitive to refractive index changes. The sensor platform consists of the long period grating laid upon a carbon fibre ribbon, which is encapsulated in a low temperature curing silicone rubber.

  6. Spectrometer with CMOS demodulation of fiber optic Bragg grating sensors

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    Christiansen, Martin Brokner

    A CMOS imager based spectrometer is developed to interrogate a network containing a large number of Bragg grating sensors. The spectrometer uses a Prism-Grating- Prism (PGP) to spectrally separate serially multiplexed Bragg reflections on a single fiber. As a result, each Bragg grating produces a discrete spot on the CMOS imager that shifts horizontally as the Bragg grating experiences changes in strain or temperature. The reflected wavelength of the spot can be determined by finding the center of the spot produced. The use of a randomly addressable CMOS imager enables a flexible sampling rate. Some fibers can be interrogated at a high sampling rate while others can be interrogated at a low sampling rate. However, the use of a CMOS imager leads to several unique problems in terms of signal processing. These include a logarithmic pixel response, a low signal-to-noise ratio, a long pixel time constant, and software issues. The expected capabilities of the CMOS imager based spectrometer are determined with a theoretical model. The theoretical model tests three algorithms for determining the center of the spot: single row centroid, single row parabolic fit, and entire spot centroid. The theoretical results are compared to laboratory test data and field test data. The CMOS based spectrometer is capable of interrogating many optical fibers, and in the configuration tested, the fiber bundle consisted of 23 fibers. Using this system, a single fiber can be interrogated from 778 nm to 852 nm at 2100 Hz or multiple fibers can be interrogated over the same wavelength so that the total number of fiber interrogations is up to 2100 per second. The reflected Bragg wavelength can be determined within +/-3pm, corresponding to a +/-3μɛ uncertainty.

  7. Fiber Bragg grating sensors: a market overview

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    Méndez, A.

    2007-07-01

    Over the last few years, optical fiber sensors have seen increased acceptance and widespread use. Among the multitude of sensor types, FBG based sensors, more than any other particular sensor type, have become widely known and popular. Given their intrinsic capability to measure a multitude of parameters such as strain, temperature, pressure, chemical and biological agents - and many others - coupled with their flexibility of design to be used as single point or multi-point sensing arrays and their relative low cost, make of FBGs ideal devices to be adopted for a multitude of different sensing applications and implemented in different fields and industries. However, some technical hurdles and market barriers need to be overcome in order for this technology - and fiber sensors in general - to gain more commercial momentum and achieve faster market growth such as the need for industry standards on FBGs and FBG-based sensors, adequate packaging designs, as well as training and education of prospective customers and end-users.

  8. Dynamic Landslide Deformation Monitoring with Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Moore, J. R.; Gischig, V.; Button, E.; Loew, S.

    2009-12-01

    Fiber optic (FO) strain sensors are a promising new technology for in-situ landslide monitoring. General performance advantages include high resolution, fast sampling rate, and insensitivity to electrical disturbances. Here we describe a new FO monitoring system based on long-gage fiber Bragg grating sensors installed at the Randa Rockslide Laboratory in southern Switzerland. We highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the system, describe relevant first results, and compare FO data to that from traditional instruments already installed on site. The Randa rock slope has been the subject of intensive research since its failure in 1991. Around 5 million cubic meters of rock remains unstable today, moving at rates up to 20 mm / year. Traditional in-situ monitoring techniques have been employed to understand the mechanics and driving forces of the currently unstable rock mass, however these investigations are limited by the resolution and low sampling rate of the sensors. The new FO monitoring system has micro-strain resolution and offers the capability to detect sub-micrometer scale deformations in both triggered-dynamic and continuous measurements. Two types of sensors have been installed: fully-embedded borehole sensors encased in grout at depths of 38, 40, and 68 m, and surface extensometers spanning active tension cracks. Dynamic measurements are triggered by sensor deformation and recorded at 100 Hz, while continuous measurements are logged every 5 minutes. Since installation in August 2008, the FO monitoring system has been operational 90% of the time. Time series deformation data show movement rates consistent with previous borehole extensometer surveys. Accelerated displacements following installation are likely related to long-term curing and dewatering of the grout. A number of interesting transients have been recorded, which in some cases were large enough to trigger rapid sampling. The combination of short- and long-term observation offers new

  9. Multiplexed Bragg grating optical fiber sensors for damage evaluation in highway bridges

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    Idriss, R. L.; Kodindouma, M. B.; Kersey, A. D.; Davis, M. A.

    1998-04-01

    A multiplexed Bragg grating optical fiber monitoring system is designed and integrated at the construction stage in an experimental full scale laboratory bridge. The test bridge is a 40 ft span non-composite steel girder concrete deck bridge. The network of sensors is used to measure the strain throughout the bridge, with sensors bonded to the tension steel in the slab and attached to the bottom flange of the girders. Resistive strain gages and Bragg grating sensors are placed side by side to compare results. The strain data are obtained for the pristine structure, then damage is introduced at midspan for an exterior girder. Several levels of damage in the form of cuts in one of the girders are imposed with the final cut resulting in a half depth fracture of the girder. The load path in the structure is obtained using the built in sensor system.

  10. Fiber-optic Bragg grating sensors for structural health monitoring at cryogenic temperatures

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    Ecke, Wolfgang; Latka, Ines; Habisreuther, Tobias; Lingertat, Johann

    2007-04-01

    While conventional resistance strain gages show increasing cross-sensitivities to temperature and magnetic field with decreasing temperature down to liquid helium, it has been found that fiber optic Bragg grating strain sensors show negligible thermo-optic and magneto-optic effects in cryogenic environment and allow, therefore, reliable strain measurements. These specific application advantages of optical fiber Bragg grating sensors at low temperatures, together with the electrical isolation and low electro-magnetic interference, low thermal conductivity to a large number of multiplexed sensors, make them attractive for structural health monitoring of super-conductive magnets, e.g., for super-conductive motors, magnetic levitation transport, nuclear fusion reactors, or for measurement of material parameters at low temperature, and, if using special sensor substrates, also for temperature measurements and hot spot detection on superconductors.

  11. Fabrication of Extremely Short Length Fiber Bragg Gratings for Sensor Applications

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    Wu, Meng-Chou; Rogowski, Robert S.; Tedjojuwono, Ken K.

    2002-01-01

    A new technique and a physical model for writing extremely short length Bragg gratings in optical fibers have been developed. The model describes the effects of diffraction on the spatial spectra and therefore, the wavelength spectra of the Bragg gratings. Using an interferometric technique and a variable aperture, short gratings of various lengths and center wavelengths were written in optical fibers. By selecting the related parameters, the Bragg gratings with typical length of several hundred microns and bandwidth of several nanometers can be obtained. These short gratings can be apodized with selected diffraction patterns and hence their broadband spectra have a well-defined bell shape. They are suitable for use as miniaturized distributed strain sensors, which have broad applications to aerospace research and industry as well.

  12. Realization of nano static strain sensing with fiber Bragg gratings interrogated by narrow linewidth tunable lasers.

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    Liu, Qingwen; Tokunaga, Tomochika; He, Zuyuan

    2011-10-10

    Aiming at realizing a static strain sensor of nano-strain resolution, which is required in most geophysical applications, this paper presents a thorough analysis on the strain resolution of a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) static strain sensor interrogated with a narrow linewidth tunable laser. The main noise sources of the sensor are discussed, and the strain resolution is deduced with a cross-correlation algorithm. The theoretical prediction agrees well with our experimental result, and the analysis is further validated by numerical simulations. Based on the analysis, the paper provides the guidelines for optimizing this type of sensor to realize ultra-high resolution. It is shown that with properly designed FBGs and interrogation systems, nano static strain resolution can be realized, as we recently demonstrated in experiment.

  13. Strain measurement of spiral bevel gear using optical fiber gratings

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    Liu, Nianyun; Wang, Yiming; Zhou, Zude; Lou, Ping

    2017-04-01

    This paper presents a spiral bevel gear strain measurement using optical fiber gratings. High-speed and heavy-duty spiral bevel gear (SBG) is the key component of the power transmission of intersection axes. Its dynamic mechanical properties greatly influence the working performance of the machine. By building a strain detecting system based on FBG demodulation, we carried out real-time measurements of the distributed strain in the SBG with different torques and different rotation speed. The experimental results show a complete strain waveform from gear-in to gear-out, verifying the feasibility of measuring the strain of SBG using optical fiber gratings.

  14. Microfiber Bragg grating for temperature and strain sensing applications

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    Tian, Jie; Liu, Shuhui; Yu, Wenbing; Deng, Peigang

    2017-03-01

    Fiber Bragg grating is inscribed on microfiber with femtosecond laser pulses irradiation. The microfiber is fabricated by stretching a section of single mode fiber over a flame. Periodic grooves are carved on the microfiber by the laser as have been observed experimentally. The microfiber Bragg grating is demonstrated for temperature and strain sensing, and the strain sensitivity is improved with decreased diameters of the microfibers.

  15. Strain and temperature characterization of photonic crystal fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Martelli, Cicero; Canning, John; Groothoff, Nathaniel; Lyytikainen, Katja

    2005-07-15

    A Bragg grating in a photonic crystal fiber was written and its dependence with temperature and strain analyzed. The two observed Bragg wavelengths correspond to a fundamental and a higher-order mode in the optical fiber. The temperature and strain calibration curves for both modes are measured and found to be distinct. The general properties of gratings in these fibers, and their implications, are enunciated.

  16. Wavelength-division and spatial multiplexing using tandem interferometers for Bragg grating sensor networks

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    Kalli, K.; Brady, G. P.; Webb, D. J.; Jackson, D. A.; Zhang, L.; Bennion, I.

    1995-12-01

    We present a new method for the interrogation of large arrays of Bragg grating sensors. Eight gratings operating between the wavelengths of 1533 and 1555 nm have been demultiplexed. An unbalanced Mach-Zehnder interferometer illuminated by a single low-coherence source provides a high-phase-resolution output for each sensor, the outputs of which are sequentially selected in wavelength by a tunable Fabry-Perot interferometer. The minimum detectable strain measured was 90 n 3 / \\radical Hz \\end-radical at 7 Hz for a wavelength of 1535 nm.

  17. Combined regenerated fibre Bragg gratings and Fabry-Perot etalons for dual strain and temperature sensing

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    Ran, Zengling; Bao, Haihong; Cook, Kevin; Wu, Xuezhong; Rao, Yunjiang; Canning, John

    2015-09-01

    A highly integrated fibre-optic sensor with regenerated fibre Bragg grating (RFBG) and a micro Fabry-Pérot (MFP) is proposed and demonstrated for simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain under high temperature (> 600 °C). The MFP is fabricated by using a 157 nm fluorine gas (F2) laser to micromachine the core of a standard optical fibre. The RFBG is fabricated by regenerating a seed grating written over the Fabry-Pérot. Since the MFP and RFBG have different sensitivity coefficients, their combination can be used to realise simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain. It is believed that such a high-temperature strain sensor could find important applications in many areas where simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain under high temperature is required.

  18. Simultaneous Temperature and Strain Sensing for Cryogenic Applications Using Dual-Wavelength Fiber Bragg Gratings

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    Wu, Meng-Chou; Prosser, William H.

    2003-01-01

    A new technique has been developed for sensing both temperature and strain simultaneously by using dual-wavelength fiber-optic Bragg gratings. Two Bragg gratings with different wavelengths were inscribed at the same location in an optical fiber to form a sensor. By measuring the wavelength shifts that resulted from the fiber being subjected to different temperatures and strains, the wavelength-dependent thermo-optic coefficients and photoelastic coefficients of the fiber were determined. This enables the simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain. In this study, measurements were made over the temperature range from room temperature down to about 10 K, addressing much of the low temperature range of cryogenic tanks. A structure transition of the optical fiber during the temperature change was found. This transition caused splitting of the waveforms characterizing the Bragg gratings, and the determination of wavelength shifts was consequently complicated. The effectiveness and sensitivities of these measurements in different temperature ranges are also discussed.

  19. Fiber Bragg grating sensor demodulation technique by synthesis of grating parameters from its reflection spectrum

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    Caucheteur, Christophe; Lhommé, Frédéric; Chah, Karima; Blondel, Michel; Mégret, Patrice

    2004-10-01

    In this paper, we present a very reliable simulating algorithm to synthesize the physical parameters of a fiber Bragg grating structure from its reflection spectrum. The knowledge of the gratings parameters allows the determination of the maximum wavelength. The algorithm is then tested to monitor the shift of the central wavelength in response to a change of temperature. Our numerical program uses the transfer matrix method and the Nelder-Mead simplex algorithm. It can be easily implemented in the case of twin Bragg gratings. A twin grating is composed of two identical gratings separated by a short length of fiber. The demodulation technique has been tested experimentally with temperature sensors. It is very accurate and provides absolute measurements.

  20. Health monitoring of composite plastic waterworks lock gates using in-fibre Bragg grating sensors

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    Bugaud, Michel; Ferdinand, Pierre; Rougeault, Stéphane; Dewynter-Marty, Véronique; Parneix, Patrick; Lucas, Dominique

    2000-06-01

    A new concept of fibre-reinforced composite layered material lock gates has been developed to be used on navigable waterways. To contribute to the validation of the prototype, a permanent optical fibre sensor non-destructive evaluation system was installed. Qualification measurements using both electrical strain gauges and in-fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) demonstrate usability and advantages of FBG sensors as a lifecycle health monitoring system.

  1. Using Custom Fiber Bragg Grating-Based Sensors to Monitor Artificial Landslides.

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    Zhang, Qinghua; Wang, Yuan; Sun, Yangyang; Gao, Lei; Zhang, Zhenglin; Zhang, Wenyuan; Zhao, Pengchong; Yue, Yin

    2016-09-02

    Four custom fiber Bragg grating (FBG)-based sensors are developed to monitor an artificial landslide located in Nanjing, China. The sensors are composed of a rod and two FBGs. Based on the strength of the rods, two sensors are referred to as "hard sensors" (Sensor 1 and Sensor 2), the other two are referred to as "soft sensors" (Sensor 3 and Sensor 4). The two FBGs are fixed on each sensor rod at distances of 50 cm and 100 cm from the top of the rod (an upper FBG and a lower FBG). In the experiment presented in this paper, the sensors are installed on a slope on which an artificial landslide is generated through both machine-based and manual excavation. The fiber sensing system consists of the four custom FBG-based sensors, optical fiber, a static fiber grating demodulation instrument (SM125), and a PC with the necessary software. Experimental data was collected in the presence of an artificial landslide, and the results show that the lower FBGs are more sensitive than the upper FBGs for all four of the custom sensors. It was also found that Sensor 2 and Sensor 4 are more capable of monitoring small-scale landslides than Sensor 1 and Sensor 3, and this is mainly due to their placement location with respect to the landslide. The stronger rods used in the hard sensors make them more adaptable to the harsh environments of large landslides. Thus, hard sensors should be fixed near the landslide, while soft sensors should be placed farther away from the landslide. In addition, a clear tendency of strain variation can be detected by the soft sensors, which can be used to predict landslides and raise a hazard alarm.

  2. Transducing mechanical force by use of a diffraction grating sensor.

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    Wang, Wei-Chih; Ho, Chi-Ting; Lian, Yi-Ru; Chuang, Wei-Ching

    2006-03-20

    A novel means of transducing mechanical force by using a polymeric-based diffractive grating sensor is presented. The diffraction gratings are successfully fabricated upon poly(dimethyl siloxane) polymer substrates by holographic interference and micromolding. A micromaterial tensile test incorporated into the surface diffraction grating experiment showed that a relationship between the load and the observed diffraction-pattern shift could be obtained. The results show an excellent correlation between the optical measurement and load, with a sensitivity of 0.05 N.

  3. Wavelength demodulation of fiber grating sensors using hybrid optical bistability

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    Lv, Guohui; Ou, Jinping; Wang, Huiying; Jiang, Xu; Shang, Shaohua

    2007-07-01

    In this article, a novel approach for demodulation of fiber grating sensors with high resolution is proposed based on a hybrid fiber optical bistablity device (OBD). This OBD is consisted of a FFP ring-cavity laser, fiber Bragg grating (FBG) and a certain optoelectronic feedback circuit. The optical bistability can be realized through alternative the center wavelength of the tunable fiber laser when the output power of the laser is fixed. The Bragg wavelength of sensing grating is determined by the switching on voltage of OBD.

  4. Fiber Bragg Gratings, IT techniques and strain gauge validation for strain calculation on aged metal specimens.

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    Montero, Ander; de Ocariz, Idurre Saez; Lopez, Ion; Venegas, Pablo; Gomez, Javier; Zubia, Joseba

    2011-01-01

    This paper studies the feasibility of calculating strains in aged F114 steel specimens with Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors and infrared thermography (IT) techniques. Two specimens have been conditioned under extreme temperature and relative humidity conditions making comparative tests of stress before and after aging using different adhesives. Moreover, a comparison has been made with IT techniques and conventional methods for calculating stresses in F114 steel. Implementation of Structural Health Monitoring techniques on real aircraft during their life cycle requires a study of the behaviour of FBG sensors and their wiring under real conditions, before using them for a long time. To simulate aging, specimens were stored in a climate chamber at 70 °C and 90% RH for 60 days. This study is framed within the Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Non Destructuve Evaluation (NDE) research lines, integrated into the avionics area maintained by the Aeronautical Technologies Centre (CTA) and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

  5. Fibre-grating sensors for the measurement of physiological pulsations

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    Petrović, M. D.; Daničić, A.; Atanasoski, V.; Radosavljević, S.; Prodanović, V.; Miljković, N.; Petrović, J.; Petrović, D.; Bojović, B.; Hadžievski, Lj; Allsop, T.; Lloyd, G.; Webb, D. J.

    2013-11-01

    Mechanical physiological pulsations are movements of a body surface incited by the movements of muscles in organs inside the body. Here we demonstrate the use of long-period grating sensors in the detection of cardio-vascular pulsations (CVP), in particular apex and carotid pulsations. To calibrate the sensors, we use a mechanical tool designed specifically to measure the sensor response to a localized perturbation at different grating curvatures as working points. From the data we infer the amplitude of the CVP. Together with the electrophysiological signals, the CVP signals obtained from the sensors can provide significant information on heart function which is inaccessible to the electrocardiogram. The low cost and easy handling of the fibre sensors increase their prospects to become the sensors of choice for novel diagnostic devices.

  6. Fourier optics analysis of grating sensors with tilt errors.

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    Ferhanoglu, Onur; Toy, M Fatih; Urey, Hakan

    2011-06-15

    Dynamic diffraction gratings can be microfabricated with precision and offer extremely sensitive displacement measurements and light intensity modulation. The effect of pure translation of the moving part of the grating on diffracted order intensities is well known. This study focuses on the parameters that limit the intensity and the contrast of the interference. The effects of grating duty cycle, mirror reflectivities, sensor tilt and detector size are investigated using Fourier optics theory and Gaussian beam optics. Analytical findings reveal that fringe visibility becomes <0.3 when the optical path variation exceeds half the wavelength within the grating interferometer. The fringe visibility can be compensated by monitoring the interfering portion of the diffracted order light only through detector size reduction in the expense of optical power. Experiments were conducted with a grating interferometer that resulted in an eightfold increase in fringe visibility with reduced detector size, which is in agreement with theory. Findings show that diffraction grating readout principle is not limited to translating sensors but also can be used for sensors with tilt or other deflection modes.

  7. Modelling non-uniform strain distributions in aerospace composites using fibre Bragg gratings

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    Rajabzadeh, Aydin; Groves, Roger M.; Hendriks, Richard C.; Heusdens, Richard

    2017-04-01

    In this paper the behaviour of fibre Bragg grating (FBG) sensors under non-uniform strain distributions was analysed. Using the fundamental matrix approach, the length of the FBG sensor was discretised, with each segment undergoing different strain values. FBG sensors that are embedded inside composites, also undergo such non-uniform strain distributions, when located in the vicinity of failures such as matrix cracks or delamination of layers. This non-uniform strain distribution was created in an experimental setup. Finite element analysis was used to analytically model the strain distribution along the FBG length. The measured FBG outputs were then compared to the simulated results. There was a high amplitude correlation between the results of the measured and the simulated reflection spectra with a maximum of 0.97 among all cases.

  8. Development and experimental validation of a numerical tool for structural health and usage monitoring systems based on chirped grating sensors.

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    Bettini, Paolo; Guerreschi, Erika; Sala, Giuseppe

    2015-01-12

    The interest of the aerospace industries in structural health and usage monitoring systems is continuously increasing. Among the techniques available in literature those based on Fibre Bragg Grating sensors are much promising thanks to their peculiarities. Different Chirped Bragg Grating sensor configurations have been investigated in this paper. Starting from a numerical model capable of simulating the spectral response of a grating subjected to a generic strain profile (direct problem), a new code has been developed, allowing strain reconstruction from the experimental validation of the program, carried out through different loading cases applied on a chirped grating. The wavelength of the reflection spectrum for a chirped FBG has a one-to-one correspondence to the position along the gauge section, thus allowing strain reconstruction over the entire sensor length. Tests conducted on chirped FBGs also evidenced their potential for SHM applications, if coupled with appropriate numerical strain reconstructions tools. Finally, a new class of sensors-Draw Tower Grating arrays-has been studied. These sensors are applicable to distributed sensing and load reconstruction over large structures, thanks to their greater length. Three configurations have been evaluated, having different spatial and spectral characteristics, in order to explore possible applications of such sensors to SHM systems.

  9. Simultaneous measurement of dynamic strain and temperature distribution using high birefringence PANDA fiber Bragg grating

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    Zhu, Mengshi; Murayama, Hideaki

    2017-04-01

    New approach in simultaneous measurement of dynamic strain and temperature has been done by using a high birefringence PANDA fiber Bragg grating sensor. By this technique, we have succeeded in discriminating dynamic strain and temperature distribution at the sampling rate of 800 Hz and the spatial resolution of 1 mm. The dynamic distribution of strain and temperature were measured with the deviation of 5mm spatially. In addition, we have designed an experimental setup by which we can apply quantitative dynamic strain and temperature distribution to the fiber under testing without bounding it to a specimen.

  10. Fiber Bragg grating displacement sensor for movement measurement of tendons and ligaments.

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    Ren, Liang; Song, Gangbing; Conditt, Michael; Noble, Philip C; Li, Hongnan

    2007-10-01

    Biomechanical studies often involve measurements of the strains developed in tendons or ligaments in posture or locomotion. Fiber-optic sensors present an attractive option for the measurement of strains in tendons and ligaments because of their low cost, ease of implementation, and increased accuracy compared with other implantable transducers. A new displacement sensor based on a fiber Bragg grating and shape memory alloy technology is proposed for the monitoring of tendon and ligament strains in different postures and in locomotion. After sensor calibration in the laboratory, a comparison of the fiber sensors and traditional camera displacement sensors was carried out to evaluate the performance of the fiber sensor during the application of tension to the Achilles tendon. Additional experiments were performed in cadaver knees to assess the suitability of these fiber sensors to measure ligament deformation in a variety of simulated postures. The results demonstrate that the proposed fiber Bragg grating sensor is a highly accurate, easily implantable, and minimally invasive method of measuring tendon and ligament displacement.

  11. Using Custom Fiber Bragg Grating-Based Sensors to Monitor Artificial Landslides

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    Zhang, Qinghua; Wang, Yuan; Sun, Yangyang; Gao, Lei; Zhang, Zhenglin; Zhang, Wenyuan; Zhao, Pengchong; Yue, Yin

    2016-01-01

    Four custom fiber Bragg grating (FBG)-based sensors are developed to monitor an artificial landslide located in Nanjing, China. The sensors are composed of a rod and two FBGs. Based on the strength of the rods, two sensors are referred to as “hard sensors” (Sensor 1 and Sensor 2), the other two are referred to as “soft sensors” (Sensor 3 and Sensor 4). The two FBGs are fixed on each sensor rod at distances of 50 cm and 100 cm from the top of the rod (an upper FBG and a lower FBG). In the experiment presented in this paper, the sensors are installed on a slope on which an artificial landslide is generated through both machine-based and manual excavation. The fiber sensing system consists of the four custom FBG-based sensors, optical fiber, a static fiber grating demodulation instrument (SM125), and a PC with the necessary software. Experimental data was collected in the presence of an artificial landslide, and the results show that the lower FBGs are more sensitive than the upper FBGs for all four of the custom sensors. It was also found that Sensor 2 and Sensor 4 are more capable of monitoring small-scale landslides than Sensor 1 and Sensor 3, and this is mainly due to their placement location with respect to the landslide. The stronger rods used in the hard sensors make them more adaptable to the harsh environments of large landslides. Thus, hard sensors should be fixed near the landslide, while soft sensors should be placed farther away from the landslide. In addition, a clear tendency of strain variation can be detected by the soft sensors, which can be used to predict landslides and raise a hazard alarm. PMID:27598163

  12. Review of high-speed fiber optic grating sensor systems

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    Udd, Eric; Benterou, Jerry; May, Chadd; Mihailov, Stephen J.; Lu, Ping

    2010-04-01

    Fiber grating sensors can be used to support a wide variety of high speed measurement applications. This includes measurements of vibrations on bridges, traffic monitoring on freeways, ultrasonic detection to support non-destructive tests on metal plates, and providing details of detonation events. This paper provides a brief overview of some of the techniques that have been used to support high speed measurements using fiber grating sensors over frequency ranges from 10s of kHz, to MHZ and finally toward frequencies approaching the GHz regime.

  13. Strain monitoring in power cables of offshore wind energy plants with femtosecond laser inscribed fibre Bragg gratings

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    Burgmeier, Jörg; Funken, Peter; Schade, Wolfgang

    2011-05-01

    A fibre Bragg grating sensor system used for monitoring of strain being effective on the power cable of an offshore wind turbine is presented. The Bragg grating structure was inscribed in coated non-photosensitive standard telecommunication fibres using an infrared femtosecond laser and the point-by-point writing technique. Due to the presence of the protective coating of the fibre, the mechanical stability of the resultant sensor device is better than that of a sensor consisting of a bare fibre. A system containing this sensing element was successfully installed and tested in an offshore wind turbine prototype (REpower 6M) in February 2010, near Ellhöft, Germany). The fabrication process of the fibre Bragg gratings, a comparison between the sensor signal and a commonly used strain gauge and measurement results of the online monitoring are presented.

  14. Development and Experimental Validation of a Numerical Tool for Structural Health and Usage Monitoring Systems Based on Chirped Grating Sensors

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    Bettini, Paolo; Guerreschi, Erika; Sala, Giuseppe

    2015-01-01

    The interest of the aerospace industries in structural health and usage monitoring systems is continuously increasing. Among the techniques available in literature those based on Fibre Bragg Grating sensors are much promising thanks to their peculiarities. Different Chirped Bragg Grating sensor configurations have been investigated in this paper. Starting from a numerical model capable of simulating the spectral response of a grating subjected to a generic strain profile (direct problem), a new code has been developed, allowing strain reconstruction from the experimental validation of the program, carried out through different loading cases applied on a chirped grating. The wavelength of the reflection spectrum for a chirped FBG has a one-to-one correspondence to the position along the gauge section, thus allowing strain reconstruction over the entire sensor length. Tests conducted on chirped FBGs also evidenced their potential for SHM applications, if coupled with appropriate numerical strain reconstructions tools. Finally, a new class of sensors—Draw Tower Grating arrays—has been studied. These sensors are applicable to distributed sensing and load reconstruction over large structures, thanks to their greater length. Three configurations have been evaluated, having different spatial and spectral characteristics, in order to explore possible applications of such sensors to SHM systems. PMID:25587979

  15. Utilization of fiber optic Bragg grating sensors in concrete columns confined with glass-fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) laminate under uniaxial compression test

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    Chan, Peter K. C.; Lau, Alan K.; Jin, Wei; Zhou, Limin

    1999-01-01

    In this paper we report of experimental studies on strain monitoring by using fiber Bragg grating sensors in concrete structures. The strain variation of the specimen under different loading conditions were monitored by the Fiber- optic Bragg grating (FBG) sensors. The FBG sensors have been pre-installed in the structure by embedding either inside the concrete specimen or at the interface between the concrete and the composites. The strain reading from the fiber grating sensor compares favorably with that obtained from the conventional strain gauge in uni-axial compression testing. The test result generally indicated that the concrete structures can be strengthened significantly by wrapping with glassfiber composites. The sensor embedded at the notch tip provides a very good indication of the health condition of the strengthened structure, especially in high stress concentration area. The strain sensitivity by using FBG sensor is 67 (mu) (epsilon) .

  16. Strain Measurements of Composite Laminates with Embedded Fibre Bragg Gratings: Criticism and Opportunities for Research

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    Luyckx, Geert; Voet, Eli; Lammens, Nicolas; Degrieck, Joris

    2011-01-01

    Embedded optical fibre sensors are considered for structural health monitoring purposes in numerous applications. In fibre reinforced plastics, embedded fibre Bragg gratings are found to be one of the most popular and reliable solutions for strain monitoring. Despite of their growing popularity, users should keep in mind their shortcomings, many of which are associated with the embedding process. This review paper starts with an overview of some of the technical issues to be considered when embedding fibre optics in fibrous composite materials. Next, a monitoring scheme is introduced which shows the different steps necessary to relate the output of an embedded FBG to the strain of the structure in which it is embedded. Each step of the process has already been addressed separately in literature without considering the complete cycle, from embedding of the sensor to the internal strain measurement of the structure. This review paper summarizes the work reported in literature and tries to fit it into the big picture of internal strain measurements with embedded fibre Bragg gratings. The last part of the paper focuses on temperature compensation methods which should not be ignored in terms of in-situ measurement of strains with fibre Bragg gratings. Throughout the paper criticism is given where appropriate, which should be regarded as opportunities for future research. PMID:22346583

  17. Strain measurements of composite laminates with embedded fibre bragg gratings: criticism and opportunities for research.

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    Luyckx, Geert; Voet, Eli; Lammens, Nicolas; Degrieck, Joris

    2011-01-01

    Embedded optical fibre sensors are considered for structural health monitoring purposes in numerous applications. In fibre reinforced plastics, embedded fibre Bragg gratings are found to be one of the most popular and reliable solutions for strain monitoring. Despite of their growing popularity, users should keep in mind their shortcomings, many of which are associated with the embedding process. This review paper starts with an overview of some of the technical issues to be considered when embedding fibre optics in fibrous composite materials. Next, a monitoring scheme is introduced which shows the different steps necessary to relate the output of an embedded FBG to the strain of the structure in which it is embedded. Each step of the process has already been addressed separately in literature without considering the complete cycle, from embedding of the sensor to the internal strain measurement of the structure. This review paper summarizes the work reported in literature and tries to fit it into the big picture of internal strain measurements with embedded fibre Bragg gratings. The last part of the paper focuses on temperature compensation methods which should not be ignored in terms of in-situ measurement of strains with fibre Bragg gratings. Throughout the paper criticism is given where appropriate, which should be regarded as opportunities for future research.

  18. A MEMS torsion magnetic sensor with reflective blazed grating integration

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    Long, Liang; Zhong, Shaolong

    2016-07-01

    A novel magnetic sensor based on a permanent magnet and blazed grating is presented in this paper. The magnetic field is detected by measuring the diffracted wavelength of the blazed grating which is changed by the torsion motion of a torsion sensitive micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) structure with a permanent magnet attached. A V-shape grating structure is obtained by wet etching on a (1 0 0) SOI substrate. When the magnet is magnetized in different directions, the in-plane or out-of-plane magnetic field is detected by a sensor. The MEMS magnetic sensor with a permanent magnet is fabricated after analytical design and bulk micromachining processes. The magnetic-sensing capability of the sensor is tested by fiber-optic detection system. The result shows the sensitivities of the in-plane and out-of-plane magnetic fields are 3.6 pm μT-1 and 5.7 pm μT-1, respectively. Due to utilization of the permanent magnet and fiber-optic detection, the sensor shows excellent capability of covering the high-resolution detection of low-frequency signals. In addition, the sensitive direction of the magnetic sensor can be easily switched by varying the magnetized direction of the permanent magnet, which offers a simple way to achieve tri-axis magnetic sensor application.

  19. A personal review of 25 years of fiber grating sensor development

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    Udd, Eric

    2013-06-01

    Early efforts developing smart structures started with strain sensors based on interferometeric techniques. It immediately became apparent that structural engineers were used to dealing with conventional electrical strain gages and thermocouples with much shorter gage lengths. The fiber grating offered a competitive solution for the measurement of strain and temperature with the advantages of electrical isolation and improved ruggedness. The principal draw back was cost. So early applications involved high value projects where the unique capabilities of the technology offered superior performance. One area of particular interest involved the usage of fiber gratings to sensor more than one parameter simultaneously. Multi-dimensional strain and the measurement of pressure and temperature were two key examples of multi-parameter sensing. In parallel efforts were conducted to operate at high speed. Early examples in aerospace and civil structures were at speeds in the range of 10 kHz. Ballistic work later dictated increasing speeds to 5 MHz. Much more recent work with burn, deflagration and detonation has involved measurements from more than 100 MHz to multiple GHz. This paper provides a personal history of some of these developments and how fiber grating sensor technology is moving into the future.

  20. Pointwise fiber Bragg grating displacement sensor system for dynamic measurements.

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    Chuang, Kuo-Chih; Ma, Chien-Ching

    2008-07-10

    A method for setting up a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor which can measure the pointwise, out-of-plane or in-plane dynamic displacement is proposed. The proposed FBG sensor is reusable. A multiplexing demodulation system based on a single long-period fiber grating is used in this study. The experimental results of the steady-state motion for a multilayer piezoelectric actuator and the dynamic response of a cantilever beam subjected to impact loadings are presented. These results indicate that the proposed displacement sensor has the ability to measure the out-of-plane dynamic displacement with high sensitivity. Measurements for a piezoceramic plate excited by high frequency show that the proposed displacement sensor also has the ability to provide the in-plane dynamic displacement up to 20 kHz.

  1. Polarization stable plasmonic sensor based on tilted fiber Bragg grating

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    Tomyshev, Kirill A.; Chamorovskiy, Yuriy K.; Ustimchik, Vasily E.; Butov, Oleg V.

    2017-04-01

    This paper presents a solution to one of the major problems of plasmonic fiber Bragg grating sensors concerning their high sensitivity to changes in the polarization state of light propagating through optical fiber. For the first time these kind of sensors have been produced using polarization maintaining fibers, thereby stabilization has been achieved using mechanical action and bending the supplied fiber. Comparative experiments have demonstrated that the sensor readings stability is at least an order of magnitude higher relative to other sensors, which record in a standard fiber with an isotropic structure.

  2. Technical textiles with embedded fibre Bragg grating sensors

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    Bilro, L.; Cunha, H.; Pinto, J. L.; Nogueira, R. N.

    2009-10-01

    The characterization of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors integrated on 2D and 3D mesh structures is presented. Several materials and configurations were tested, namely cork, foams, PVC, hexagonal 3D. Sensors were embedded between two substrates using textile lamination technique. Every sample was subjected to temperature variations and mechanical deformations. Through Bragg wavelength monitoring, thermal, deformation and pressure performance were evaluated. These results provide significant information to the conception of smart textiles.

  3. Multi-parameter fiber optic sensors based on fiber random grating

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    Xu, Yanping; Zhang, Mingjiang; Lu, Ping; Mihailov, Stephen; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2017-04-01

    Two novel configurations of multi-parameter fiber-optic sensing systems based on the fiber random grating are reported. The fiber random grating is fabricated through femtosecond laser induced refractive index modification over a 10cm standard telecom single mode fiber. In one configuration, the reflective spectrum of the fiber random grating is directly detected and a wavelength-division spectral cross-correlation algorithm is adopted to extract the spectral shifts for simultaneous measurement of temperature, axial strain, and surrounding refractive index. In the other configuration, a random fiber ring laser is constructed by incorporating the random feedback from the random grating. Numerous polarization-dependent spectral filters are formed along the random grating and superimposed to provide multiple lasing lines with high signal-to-noise ratio up to 40dB, which enables a high-fidelity multi-parameter sensing scheme by monitoring the spectral shifts of the lasing lines. Without the need of phase mask for fabrication and with the high physical strength, the random grating based sensors are much simpler and more compact, which could be potentially an excellent alternative for liquid medical sample sensing in biomedical and biochemical applications.

  4. Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors as flatness and mechanical stretching sensors

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    Abbaneo, D.; Abbas, M.; Abbrescia, M.; Abdelalim, A. A.; Abi Akl, M.; Aboamer, O.; Acosta, D.; Ahmad, A.; Ahmed, W.; Ahmed, W.; Aleksandrov, A.; Aly, R.; Altieri, P.; Asawatangtrakuldee, C.; Aspell, P.; Assran, Y.; Awan, I.; Bally, S.; Ban, Y.; Banerjee, S.; Barashko, V.; Barria, P.; Bencze, G.; Beni, N.; Benussi, L.; Bhopatkar, V.; Bianco, S.; Bos, J.; Bouhali, O.; Braghieri, A.; Braibant, S.; Buontempo, S.; Calabria, C.; Caponero, M.; Caputo, C.; Cassese, F.; Castaneda, A.; Cauwenbergh, S.; Cavallo, F. R.; Celik, A.; Choi, M.; Choi, S.; Christiansen, J.; Cimmino, A.; Colafranceschi, S.; Colaleo, A.; Conde Garcia, A.; Czellar, S.; Dabrowski, M. M.; De Lentdecker, G.; De Oliveira, R.; De Robertis, G.; Dildick, S.; Dorney, B.; Elmetenawee, W.; Endroczi, G.; Errico, F.; Fenyvesi, A.; Ferry, S.; Furic, I.; Giacomelli, P.; Gilmore, J.; Golovtsov, V.; Guiducci, L.; Guilloux, F.; Gutierrez, A.; Hadjiiska, R. M.; Hassan, A.; Hauser, J.; Hoepfner, K.; Hohlmann, M.; Hoorani, H.; Iaydjiev, P.; Jeng, Y. G.; Kamon, T.; Karchin, P.; Korytov, A.; Krutelyov, S.; Kumar, A.; Kim, H.; Lee, J.; Lenzi, T.; Litov, L.; Loddo, F.; Madorsky, A.; Maerschalk, T.; Maggi, M.; Magnani, A.; Mal, P. K.; Mandal, K.; Marchioro, A.; Marinov, A.; Masod, R.; Majumdar, N.; Merlin, J. A.; Mitselmakher, G.; Mohanty, A. K.; Mohamed, S.; Mohapatra, A.; Molnar, J.; Muhammad, S.; Mukhopadhyay, S.; Naimuddin, M.; Nuzzo, S.; Oliveri, E.; Pant, L. M.; Paolucci, P.; Park, I.; Passeggio, G.; Passamonti, L.; Pavlov, B.; Philipps, B.; Piccolo, D.; Pierluigi, D.; Postema, H.; Puig Baranac, A.; Radi, A.; Radogna, R.; Raffone, G.; Ranieri, A.; Rashevski, G.; Riccardi, C.; Rodozov, M.; Rodrigues, A.; Ropelewski, L.; RoyChowdhury, S.; Russo, A.; Ryu, G.; Ryu, M. S.; Safonov, A.; Salva, S.; Saviano, G.; Sharma, A.; Sharma, A.; Sharma, R.; Shah, A. H.; Shopova, M.; Sturdy, J.; Sultanov, G.; Swain, S. K.; Szillasi, Z.; Talvitie, J.; Tatarinov, A.; Tuuva, T.; Tytgat, M.; Vai, I.; Van Stenis, M.; Venditti, R.; Verhagen, E.; Verwilligen, P.; Vitulo, P.; Volkov, S.; Vorobyev, A.; Wang, D.; Wang, M.; Yang, U.; Yang, Y.; Yonamine, R.; Zaganidis, N.; Zenoni, F.; Zhang, A.

    2016-07-01

    A novel approach which uses Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors has been utilized to assess and monitor the flatness of Gaseous Electron Multipliers (GEM) foils. The setup layout and preliminary results are presented.

  5. Strain sensors for high field pulse magnets

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    Martinez, Christian; Zheng, Yan; Easton, Daniel; Farinholt, Kevin M; Park, Gyuhae

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we present an investigation into several strain sensing technologies that are being considered to monitor mechanical deformation within the steel reinforcement shells used in high field pulsed magnets. Such systems generally operate at cryogenic temperatures to mitigate heating issues that are inherent in the coils of nondestructive, high field pulsed magnets. The objective of this preliminary study is to characterize the performance of various strain sensing technologies at liquid nitrogen temperatures (-196 C). Four sensor types are considered in this investigation: fiber Bragg gratings (FBG), resistive foil strain gauges (RFSG), piezoelectric polymers (PVDF), and piezoceramics (PZT). Three operational conditions are considered for each sensor: bond integrity, sensitivity as a function of temperature, and thermal cycling effects. Several experiments were conducted as part of this study, investigating adhesion with various substrate materials (stainless steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber), sensitivity to static (FBG and RFSG) and dynamic (RFSG, PVDF and PZT) load conditions, and sensor diagnostics using PZT sensors. This work has been conducted in collaboration with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), and the results of this study will be used to identify the set of sensing technologies that would be best suited for integration within high field pulsed magnets at the NHMFL facility.

  6. A noncontact force sensor based on a fiber Bragg grating and its application for corrosion measurement.

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    Pacheco, Clara J; Bruno, Antonio C

    2013-08-29

    A simple noncontact force sensor based on an optical fiber Bragg grating attached to a small magnet has been proposed and built. The sensor measures the force between the magnet and any ferromagnetic material placed within a few millimeters of the sensor. Maintaining the sensor at a constant standoff distance, material loss due to corrosion increases the distance between the magnet and the corroded surface, which decreases the magnetic force. This will decrease the strain in the optical fiber shifting the reflected Bragg wavelength. The measured shift for the optical fiber used was 1.36 nm per Newton. Models were developed to optimize the magnet geometry for a specific sensor standoff distance and for particular corrosion pit depths. The sensor was able to detect corrosion pits on a fuel storage tank bottom with depths in the sub-millimeter range.

  7. A Noncontact Force Sensor Based on a Fiber Bragg Grating and Its Application for Corrosion Measurement

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    Pacheco, Clara J.; Bruno, Antonio C.

    2013-01-01

    A simple noncontact force sensor based on an optical fiber Bragg grating attached to a small magnet has been proposed and built. The sensor measures the force between the magnet and any ferromagnetic material placed within a few millimeters of the sensor. Maintaining the sensor at a constant standoff distance, material loss due to corrosion increases the distance between the magnet and the corroded surface, which decreases the magnetic force. This will decrease the strain in the optical fiber shifting the reflected Bragg wavelength. The measured shift for the optical fiber used was 1.36 nm per Newton. Models were developed to optimize the magnet geometry for a specific sensor standoff distance and for particular corrosion pit depths. The sensor was able to detect corrosion pits on a fuel storage tank bottom with depths in the sub-millimeter range. PMID:23995095

  8. Optical fiber sensors for measurement strain and vibration

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    Mikel, Bretislav; Helan, Radek; Buchta, Zdenek; Holík, Milan; Jelinek, Michal; Cip, Ondrej

    2015-01-01

    We present optical fiber sensors to measurement strain and vibration. The sensors are based on fiber Bragg gratings (FBG). We prepared construction of strain sensors with respect to its implementation on the outer surface of concrete structures and with compensation of potential temperature drifts. These sensors are projected with look forward to maximal elongation and strength which can be applied to the sensor. Each sensor contains two optical fibers with FBGs. One FBG is glued into the sensor in points of fixation which are in the line with mounting holes. This FBG is prestressed to half of measurement range, than the stretching and pressing can be measured simultaneously by one FBG. The second FBG is placed inside the sensor without fixation to measure temperature drifts. The sensor can be used to structure health monitoring. The sensors to measurement vibration are based on tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) with fiber taper. The sensor uses the TFBG as a cladding modes reflector and fiber taper as a bend-sensitive recoupling member. The lower cladding modes (ghost), reflected from TFBG, is recoupled back into the fiber core via tapered fiber section. We focused on optimization of TFBG tilt angle to reach maximum reflection of the ghost and taper parameters. In this article we present complete set-up, optical and mechanical parameters of both types of sensors.

  9. Pressure sensitivity analysis of fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Mrad, Nezih; Sridharan, Vasant; Kazemi, Alex

    2014-09-01

    Recent development in fiber optic sensing technology has mainly focused on discrete sensing, particularly, sensing systems with potential multiplexing and multi-parameter capabilities. Bragg grating fiber optic sensors have emerged as the non-disputed champion for multiplexing and simultaneous multi-parameter sensing for emerging high value structural components, advanced processing and manufacturing capabilities and increased critical infrastructure resilience applications. Although the number of potential applications for this sensing technology is large and spans the domains of medicine, manufacturing, aerospace, and public safety; critical issues such as fatigue life, sensitivity, accuracy, embeddability, material/sensor interface integrity, and universal demodulation systems still need to be addressed. The purpose of this paper is to primarily evaluate Commercial-Of-The-Shelf (COTS) Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors' sensitivity to pressure, often neglected in several applications. The COTS fiber sensitivity to pressure is further evaluated for two types of coatings (Polyimide and Acrylate), and different arrangements (arrayed and single).

  10. Apparatus and Method for Measuring Strain in Bragg Gratings

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    Froggatt, Mark E. (Inventor)

    1998-01-01

    An apparatus and method for measuring strain of gratings written into an optical fiber is disclosed. Optical radiation is transmitted over a plurality of contiguous predetermined wavelength ranges into a reference optical fiber network and an optical fiber network under test to produce a plurality of reference interference fringes and measurement interference fringes. respectively. The reference and measurement fringes are detected and sampled such that each sampled value of the reference and measurement fringes is associated with a corresponding sample number. The wavelength change of the reference optical fiber, for each sample number, due to the wavelength of the optical radiation is determined. Each determined wavelength change is matched with a corresponding sampled value of each measurement fringe. Each sampled measurement fringe of each wavelength sweep is transformed into a spatial domain waveform. The spatial domain waveforms are summed to form a summation spatial domain waveform that is used to determine location of each grating with respect to a reference reflector. A portion of each spatial domain waveform that corresponds to a particular grating is determined and transformed into a corresponding frequency spectrum representation. The strain on the grating at each wavelength of optical radiation is determined by determining the difference between the current wavelength and an earlier, zero-strain wavelength measurement.

  11. Femtosecond laser-inscribed fiber Bragg gratings for strain monitoring in power cables of offshore wind turbines.

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    Burgmeier, Jörg; Schippers, Wolfgang; Emde, Nico; Funken, Peter; Schade, Wolfgang

    2011-05-01

    A fiber Bragg grating sensor system used for monitoring the effects of strain on the power cable of an offshore wind turbine is presented. The Bragg grating structure was inscribed into coated nonphotosensitive standard telecommunication fibers using an IR femtosecond laser and the point-by-point writing technique. Because of the presence of the protective coating of the fiber, the mechanical stability of the resultant sensor device is better than that of a sensor consisting of a bare fiber. A system containing this sensing element was to our knowledge for the first time successfully installed and tested in an offshore wind turbine prototype (REpower 6M, REpower Systems, AG, Germany) in February 2010, near Ellhöft (Germany). The fabrication process of the fiber Bragg gratings, measurement results of the online monitoring, and a comparison between the sensor signal and commonly used sensing techniques are presented.

  12. Internal strain monitoring in composite materials with embedded photonic crystal fiber Bragg gratings

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    Geernaert, Thomas; Sulejmani, Sanne; Sonnenfeld, Camille; Chah, Karima; Luyckx, Geert; Lammens, Nicolas; Voet, Eli; Becker, Martin; Thienpont, Hugo; Berghmans, Francis

    2014-09-01

    The possibility of embedding optical fiber sensors inside carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) for structural health monitoring purposes has already been demonstrated previously. So far however, these sensors only allowed axial strain measurements because of their low sensitivity for strain in the direction perpendicular to the optical fiber's axis. The design flexibility provided by novel photonic crystal fiber (PCF) technology now allows developing dedicated fibers with substantially enhanced sensitivity to such transverse loads. We exploited that flexibility and we developed a PCF that, when equipped with a fiber Bragg grating (FBG), leads to a sensor that allows measuring transverse strains in reinforced composite materials, with an order of magnitude increase of the sensitivity over the state-of-the-art. In addition it allows shear strain sensing in adhesive bonds, which are used in composite repair patches. This is confirmed both with experiments and finite element simulations on such fibers embedded in CFRP coupons and adhesive bonds. Our sensor brings the achievable transverse strain measurement resolution close to a target value of 1 μstrain and could therefore play an important role for multi-dimensional strain sensing, not only in the domain of structural health monitoring, but also in the field of composite material production monitoring. Our results thereby illustrate the added value that PCFs have to offer for internal strain measurements inside composite materials and structures.

  13. Investigation of fiber Bragg grating based mode-splitting resonant sensors.

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    Campanella, Carlo Edoardo; Mastronardi, Lorenzo; De Leonardis, Francesco; Malara, Pietro; Gagliardi, Gianluca; Passaro, Vittorio M N

    2014-10-20

    In this paper, we report on theoretical investigation of split mode resonant sensors based on fiber Bragg grating (FBG) ring resonators and π-shifted fiber Bragg grating (π-FBG) ring resonators. By using a π-shifted Bragg grating ring resonator (π-FBGRR) instead of a conventional fiber Bragg grating ring resonator (FBGRR), the symmetric and antisymmetric resonance branches (i.e., the eigen-modes of the perturbed system) show peculiar and very important features that can be exploited to improve the performance of the fiber optic spectroscopic sensors. In particular, the π-FBGRR symmetric resonance branch can be taylored to have a maximum splitting sensitivity to small environmental perturbations. This optimal condition has been found around the crossing points of the two asymmetric resonance branches, by properly choosing the physical parameters of the system. Then, high sensitivity splitting mode sensors are theoretically demonstrated showing, as an example, a strain sensitivity improvement of at least one order of magnitude over the state-of-the-art.

  14. Localized long gage fiber optic strain sensors

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    Fan, N. Y.; Huang, S.; Measures, R. M.

    1998-04-01

    Long gage length integrated strain sensing is frequently required in structural measurement applications. An optical fiber structural sensing system based on a low-coherence Michelson interferometer was built and shown to be of low cost and capable of absolute measurement and moderate accuracy for quasistatic measurement of strain or structural deformations. This type of sensor was found to be useful for monitoring the hoop-strain around structures like shells, cylinders and columns. We have also shown that localization of the sensing section of an optical fiber can be achieved through the use of one or more Bragg gratings. In effect, the sensing section of the optical fiber acts as a Fabry-Pérot interferometer. When a low-coherence source is used, interference is only attained when the cavity length of this Fabry-Pérot matches the optical path difference (OPD) between the two mirrors of a fiber optic Michelson interferometer. Changes in the sensing length are determined from the commensurate changes that must be made to the reference Michelson interferometer to maintain some fixed degree of interference. Recently, we have developed a novel single-ended localized fiber optic sensor for making absolute strain measurements over arbitrary (cm to m) long gage lengths using a tunable laser. The sensor's gage is again defined between two in-fiber broad-bandwidth Bragg gratings or one grating and the mirror coated end of the same fiber. For this sensing system the change in the OPD of the sensing Fabry-Pérot interferometer with respect to the OPD of a fixed Michelson reference interferometer is determined from the measurement of the phase change, recorded by a low-pass filtered photodetector, associated with a known sweep of the laser wavelength. This tunable laser demodulation scheme avoids the use of moving parts and lends itself to a compact, portable system. This type of sensor is particularly well suited for certain structural applications, such as monitoring the

  15. Application of fiber Bragg grating sensors in light aircraft: ground and flight test

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    Kim, Jin-Hyuk; Shrestha, Pratik; Park, Yurim; Kim, Chun-Gon

    2014-05-01

    Fiber optic sensors are being spotlighted as the means to monitoring aircraft conditions due to their excellent characteristics. This paper presents an affordable structural health monitoring system based on a fiber Bragg grating sensor (FBG) for application in light aircrafts. A total of 24 FBG sensors were installed in the main wing of the test bed aircraft. In the ground test, the intactness of the installed sensors and device operability were confirmed. During the flight test, the strain and temperature responses of the wing structure were measured by the on-board low-speed FBG interrogator. The measured strains were successfully converted into the flight load history through the load calibration coefficient obtained from the ground calibration test.

  16. Embedded fiber optic Bragg grating (FBG) detonation velocity sensor

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    Benterou, Jerry; Bennett, Corey V.; Cole, Garrett; Hare, D. E.; May, Chadd; Udd, Eric; Mihailov, Stephen J.; Lu, Ping

    2009-05-01

    In order to fully calibrate hydrocodes and dynamic chemistry burn models, initiation models and detonation models of high explosives, the ability to continuously measure the detonation velocity within an explosive is required. Progress on an embedded velocity diagnostic using a 125 micron diameter optical fiber containing a chirped fiber Bragg grating is reported. As the chirped fiber Bragg grating is consumed by the moving detonation wave, the physical length of the unconsumed Bragg grating is monitored with a fast InGaAs photodiode. Experimental details of the associated equipment and data in the form of continuous detonation velocity records within PBX-9502 are presented. This small diameter fiber sensor has the potential to measure internal detonation velocities on the order of 10 mm/μsec along path lengths tens of millimeters long.

  17. Optical high temperature sensor based on fiber Bragg grating

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    Zhang, Bowei

    The aim of this thesis is to fabricate a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) temperature sensor that is capable to measure temperatures in excess of 1100°C. For this purpose, two topics have been studied and investigated during this project. One of them is the development of a high temperature resistant molecular-water induced FBGs; and the other is to investigate the effect of microwave-irradiation on the hydrogen-loaded FBG. The molecular-water induced FBGs are different from the other types of FBG. In these devices the refractive index is modulated by the periodic changes of molecular-water concentration within the grating. The device was developed using thermal annealing technology based on hydrogen-load FBG. Thermal stability of these devices was studied by measuring the grating reflectivity from room temperature to 1000°C. The stability of the device was tested by examining the FBG reflectivity for a period of time at certain temperatures. The results show that these devices are extremely stable at temperatures in excess of 1000°C. The hydroxyl concentration in the grating has been also investigated during this thesis. Based on the knowledge of hydroxyl groups inside FBG, a microwave treatment was designed to increase the hydroxyl concentration in the FBG area. The results show that the molecular-water induced grating, which was fabricated using microwave radiated hydrogen-loaded FBI, are stable at temperatures above 1100°C.

  18. Metal-coated second-order fibre Bragg gratings produced by infrared femtosecond radiation for dual temperature and strain sensing

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    Chah, K.; Kinet, D.; Caucheteur, C.

    2016-05-01

    We report highly localized second-order fibre Bragg gratings at 1585 nm inscribed by point-by-point focused infrared femtosecond pulses. A thin gold coating deposited on the fibre outer surface at the grating location allows shielding the cladding mode resonances from the outer medium, so that they remain present in the transmitted amplitude spectrum. The Bragg resonance of the second-order grating is surrounded by high-order cladding mode resonances of the first-order grating. These cladding modes exhibit the same temperature sensitivity as the Bragg resonance (10.6 pm/°C) but high differential strain sensitivity (-0.55 pm/μepsilon versus 1.20 pm/μepsilon for the Bragg mode). Therefore, the conditioning of the matrix inversion as demodulation method is fully satisfied, yielding a new design of fibre sensor able to discriminate between temperature and strain, with an unprecedented sensitivity.

  19. Fault diagnosis of the rolling bearing with optical fiber Bragg grating vibration sensor

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    Wei, Peng; Dai, Zejing; Zheng, Leilei; Li, Ming

    2016-10-01

    Fault diagnosis of the rolling bearing means a lot for property and life safety. In this paper the Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) vibration sensor and resonance demodulation technology are used in the fault diagnosis of the rolling bearing. Traditionally, the vibration signals are measured by the resistance strain gauge, accelerometer, etc. But those traditional electronic sensors are usually influenced by the industry electromagnetic noise. But the FBG vibration sensor is totally different. It has a lot of advantages such as small volume, light weight, easy connection and so on. And the high industry electromagnetic noise means nothing to the FBG sensors. In this paper, we use the FBG vibration and temperature sensors to measure the fast strain and temperature signal of the rolling bearing. In order to extract the fault signals from strong background noise, the resonant demodulation technology is used to analyze and process the vibration signals collected by the FBG sensors. In order to verify the reliability of the FBG vibration sensor and resonance demodulation technology applied in the fault diagnosis of the rolling bearing, several experiments are done. Five FBG vibration sensors are attached on the different parts of the rolling bearing to verify its function and its influence on the fault diagnosis of the rolling bearing. The results of the experiments show that the FBG vibration sensor method could be used in fault diagnosis of the rolling bearing. The repetitive experiments show the reliability of the FBG vibration sensors method.

  20. Design of vibration sensor based on fiber Bragg grating

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    Zhang, Zhengyi; Liu, Chuntong

    2017-06-01

    Fiber grating is a kind of new type of fiber optic light source device which has been rapidly changing in the refractive index of the core in recent years. Especially, it can realize the high precision of the external parameters by means of the special structure design and the encapsulation technology [1, 2]. In this paper, a fiber grating vibration sensor which is suitable for vibration monitoring in key areas is designed based on the technical background of vibration monitoring system. The sensor uses a single beam structure and pastes the fiber Bragg grating (FBG) to measure the vibration wavelength on the surface. When the vibration is simply harmonic vibration, the Bragg reflection wavelength will change periodically, and the periodic variation of the wavelength curve can be measured by the fiber grating demodulator, then the correctness of the experimental results is verified. In this paper, through the analysis of the data measured by the demodulator, the MATLAB software is used to verify the data, and the different frequency domains, the modes, and the phase frequency curves are obtained. The measurement range is 0 Hz-100 Hz, and the natural frequency is 90.6 Hz.

  1. Static and dynamic property experiments of giant magnetostrictive material-fiber Bragg grating magnetic field sensors

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    Ding, Guoping; Liu, Jiayi; Gao, Bin; Zhang, Biyun

    2015-02-01

    Nowadays, there are many kinds of magnetic field sensors such as Hall sensor, Gauss meter and so on. But few of them can be used in the small air gaps which size is about millimeter. A thin-slice Giant Magnetostrictive Material-fiber Bragg grating (GMM-FBG) magnetic field sensor was proposed with the size of 14mm×7mm×1.5mm. The FBG was bonded along the GMM slice length orientation, perpendicular to the major magnetostriction orientation, to measure the GMM's strain caused by external magnetic field. Experiment systems were established to test the GMM-FBG sensor's static and dynamic properties. The results show that the sensor's static property is consistent with the theoretical prediction, and the dynamic response is feasible in low frequencies from 1Hz to 20Hz.

  2. Acoustic-wave-mode separation using a distributed Bragg grating sensor

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    Rajic, N.; Davis, C.; Thomson, A.

    2009-12-01

    This paper reports on the measurement and modal decomposition of structural plate waves using a single optical fibre sensor comprising an array of uniformly distributed Bragg gratings. Following a brief description of the design and fabrication of the sensor, numerical and experimental work is shown to demonstrate the fidelity of dynamic strain measurements furnished by the sensor at frequencies in excess of 200 kHz. The capacity of the sensor to provide a spatially resolved acoustic measurement represents an important advancement over conventional piezoelectric sensors as it allows for the decomposition of an elastic wave field into its constituent modes. This provides a potentially powerful diagnostic framework for structural health monitoring using guided waves. Experimental work on a metallic plate is presented to demonstrate the use of wave-mode conversion as a basis for the detection of structural damage, and its insensitivity to environmental effects.

  3. Fiber optic liquid level monitoring system using microstructured polymer fiber Bragg grating array sensors: performance analysis

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    Marques, C. A. F.; Pospori, A.; Sáez-Rodríguez, D.; Nielsen, K.; Bang, O.; Webb, D. J.

    2015-09-01

    A highly sensitive liquid level monitoring system based on microstructured polymer optical fiber Bragg grating (mPOFBG) array sensors is reported for the first time. The configuration is based on five mPOFBGs inscribed in the same fiber in the 850 nm spectral region, showing the potential to interrogate liquid level by measuring the strain induced in each mPOFBG embedded in a silicone rubber (SR) diaphragm, which deforms due to hydrostatic pressure variations. The sensor exhibits a highly linear response over the sensing range, a good repeatability, and a high resolution. The sensitivity of the sensor is found to be 98 pm/cm of water, enhanced by more than a factor of 9 when compared to an equivalent sensor based on a silica fiber around 1550 nm. The temperature sensitivity is studied and a multi-sensor arrangement proposed, which has the potential to provide level readings independent of temperature and the liquid density.

  4. Research on a new type of fiber Bragg grating based corrosion sensor

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    Li, Peng; Song, Shide; Wang, Xiaona; Zhou, Weijie; Zhang, Zuocai

    2015-08-01

    Investigations of the corrosion of rebars in concrete structures are widely studied because of the serious damage to concrete caused by rebar corrosion. The rebar corrosion products in reinforced concrete take up 2~6 times the volume of the rebar. Based on this principle, a new type of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) corrosion sensor is proposed in this paper, which consists of two sensors, an FBG corrosion measurement sensor to measure the expansion strain caused by rebar corrosion, and a temperature compensation sensor to eliminate the cross-sensitivity of FBG corrosion sensor. The corrosion rate is derived by the wavelength shift of FBG corrosion sensor, so rebar corrosion can be monitored and assessed by the FBG wavelength shift. A customized rebar with epoxy fixing groove is designed to install a corrosion sensor on its surface and an embedded temperature compensation sensor. The corrosion sensor is embedded in cement mortar and subsequently casted in concrete. The performance of the corrosion sensor is studied in an accelerated electrochemical corrosion test. Experimental results show that the new type of corrosion sensor has advantage of relatively large measurement range of corrosion rate. The corrosion sensor is suitable to monitor slightly and moderately corroded rebars.

  5. [INVITED] Tilted fiber grating mechanical and biochemical sensors

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    Guo, Tuan; Liu, Fu; Guan, Bai-Ou; Albert, Jacques

    2016-04-01

    The tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) is a new kind of fiber-optic sensor that possesses all the advantages of well-established Bragg grating technology in addition to being able to excite cladding modes resonantly. This device opens up a multitude of opportunities for single-point sensing in hard-to-reach spaces with very controllable cross-sensitivities, absolute and relative measurements of various parameters, and an extreme sensitivity to materials external to the fiber without requiring the fiber to be etched or tapered. Over the past five years, our research group has been developing multimodal fiber-optic sensors based on TFBG in various shapes and forms, always keeping the device itself simple to fabricate and compatible with low-cost manufacturing. This paper presents a brief review of the principle, fabrication, characterization, and implementation of TFBGs, followed by our progress in TFBG sensors for mechanical and biochemical applications, including one-dimensional TFBG vibroscopes, accelerometers and micro-displacement sensors; two-dimensional TFBG vector vibroscopes and vector rotation sensors; reflective TFBG refractometers with in-fiber and fiber-to-fiber configurations; polarimetric and plasmonic TFBG biochemical sensors for in-situ detection of cell, protein and glucose.

  6. Absorbance Properties of Gold Coated Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor for Aqueous Ethanol

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    Arasu, P.; Noor, A. S. M.; Shabaneh, A. A.; Girei, S. H.; Mahdi, M. A.; Lim, H. N.; Abdul Rashid, H. A.; Yaacob, M. H.

    2014-05-01

    Optical Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) is commonly deployed as a wavelength selective filter in telecommunication as well as to detect physical changes such as pressure, temperature and strain in sensing applications. This paper presents an investigation of FBG as a chemical sensor towards ethanol in aqueous solution. Telecommunication standard single mode FBGs were coated with different thicknesses of thin gold films via sputtering deposition method. The combination of Bragg gratings and gold film enhances the evanescent wave on the surface of the optical fiber. It was found that the FBG coated with 50 nm gold layer exhibits the strongest response towards water with varying concentrations of ethanol. The sensor shows 55% change in absorbance levels when the concentration of ethanol is increased from 0 to 99.7% in water.

  7. Chirped fiber Bragg grating sensor for pressure and position sensing

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    Swart, Pieter L.; Lacquet, Beatrys M.; Chtcherbakov, Anatolii A.

    2005-05-01

    We present a chirped fiber Bragg grating sensor that should be suitable for esophageal motility studies. The device uses the time-dependent group delay response of a chirped fiber Bragg grating to measure the peristaltic pressure wave that propagates down the esophagus with the transport of a bolus to the stomach. In contrast to existing transducers that only measure at discrete points, the output of this device is a continuous function of length along the esophagus. This paper presents ex-vivo experimental results. There is a linear relation between the wavelength location of the maximum phase perturbation and the position along the sensor where the perturbation occurred. The maximum phase change itself is directly proportional to the magnitude of the applied load at a specific position.

  8. Simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain by using a wide-band fiber Bragg grating

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    Xian, Lunlun; Wang, Peng; Li, Hongpu

    2015-10-01

    A novel power-interrogated sensor that allows for the simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The sensor is based on the use of a linearly chirped fiber Bragg grating (FBG) with a broad (~10 nm) as well as slant reflection spectrum. Unlike most of the previous FBG-based sensors, the FBG proposed here is simultaneously used as both the sensing and the interrogating element. The measurement accuracies for the temperature and the strain are estimated to be +/-2 °C in the range of 12-197 °C and +/-24in μɛ the range of 0-1270 μɛ, respectively.

  9. Long period grating sensors response to photosensitive bacteriorhodopsin coating

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    Partridge, M.; Korposh, S.; James, S. W.; Tatam, R. P.

    2015-07-01

    The use of bacteriorhodopsin (Br) coatings to create photosensitive optical fibre long period gratings (LPGs) is described. The response of the coated LPGs both sustained and pulsed illumination at a wavelength of 532 nm is monitored. The results show a clear response to the illumination and full recovery of the optical properties of the coating. This technique could allow the use of LPG for typifying photosensitive compounds and to develop optically controlled chemical sensors.

  10. Embedded optical fiber Bragg grating sensors for the measurement of crack-bridging forces in composites

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    Studer, Michel; Peters, Kara J.; Botsis, John

    2002-07-01

    Fiber reinforced composites offer increased resistance to fracture as compared to isotropic materials. In addition, they have demonstrated great potential to support embedded sensor systems. However, to develop a truly reliable, embedded sensor for composites, the failure modes of such materials, including the influence of the embedded fiber sensor, must be known. Crack bridging by intact fibers is considered to be one of the most efficient mechanisms to slow down transverse crack propagation in a fiber reinforced composite. This paper presents non-invasive, direct measurements of bridging fiber stresses in a model epoxy/glass composite, using long gage length optical fiber Bragg gratings. Several central crack specimens, containing artificially bridged cracks, were fabricated and tested. The Bragg grating gage length of 12 mm permitted measurement of the force distribution in the reinforcing fiber extending from the crack surface to the far field region. A T-matrix simulation was used to model the grating response. Results from specimens involving both a strong and mixed interface are presented. The measured strain distribution in the bridging fibers compared well with previous analytical models. Discussion of the application of these results to structurally embedded sensors for damage detection is also presented.

  11. Nano-imprint gold grating as refractive index sensor

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    Kumari, Sudha; Mohapatra, Saswat; Moirangthem, Rakesh S.

    2016-05-01

    Large scale of fabrication of plasmonic nanostructures has been a challenging task due to time consuming process and requirement of expensive nanofabrication tools such as electron beam lithography system, focused ion beam system, and extreme UV photolithography system. Here, we present a cost-effective fabrication technique so called soft nanoimprinting to fabricate nanostructures on the larger sample area. In our fabrication process, a commercially available optical DVD disc was used as a template which was imprinted on a polymer glass substrate to prepare 1D polymer nano-grating. A homemade nanoimprinting setup was used in this fabrication process. Further, a label-free refractive index sensor was developed by utilizing the properties of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of a gold coated 1D polymer nano-grating. Refractive index sensing was tested by exposing different solutions of glycerol-water mixture on the surface of gold nano-grating. The calculated bulk refractive index sensitivity was found to be 751nm/RIU. We believed that our proposed SPR sensor could be a promising candidate for developing low-cost refractive index sensor with high sensitivity on a large scale.

  12. Nano-imprint gold grating as refractive index sensor

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    Kumari, Sudha; Mohapatra, Saswat; Moirangthem, Rakesh S.

    2016-05-06

    Large scale of fabrication of plasmonic nanostructures has been a challenging task due to time consuming process and requirement of expensive nanofabrication tools such as electron beam lithography system, focused ion beam system, and extreme UV photolithography system. Here, we present a cost-effective fabrication technique so called soft nanoimprinting to fabricate nanostructures on the larger sample area. In our fabrication process, a commercially available optical DVD disc was used as a template which was imprinted on a polymer glass substrate to prepare 1D polymer nano-grating. A homemade nanoimprinting setup was used in this fabrication process. Further, a label-free refractive index sensor was developed by utilizing the properties of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of a gold coated 1D polymer nano-grating. Refractive index sensing was tested by exposing different solutions of glycerol-water mixture on the surface of gold nano-grating. The calculated bulk refractive index sensitivity was found to be 751nm/RIU. We believed that our proposed SPR sensor could be a promising candidate for developing low-cost refractive index sensor with high sensitivity on a large scale.

  13. On the use of strain sensor technologies for strain modal analysis: Case studies in aeronautical applications

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    Marques dos Santos, Fábio Luis; Peeters, Bart

    2016-10-01

    This paper discusses the use of optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) and piezo strain sensors for structural dynamic measurements. For certain industrial applications, there is an interest to use strain sensors rather than in combination with accelerometers for experimental modal analysis. Classical electrical strain gauges can be used hereto, but other types of strain sensors are an interesting alternative with some very specific advantages. This work gives an overview of two types of dynamic strain sensors, applied to two industrial applications (a helicopter main rotor blade and an F-16 aircraft), FBG sensors and dynamic piezo strain sensors, discussing their use and benefits. Moreover, the concept of strain modal analysis is introduced and it is shown how it can be beneficial to apply strain measurements to experimental modal analysis. Finally, experimental results for the two applications are shown, with an experimental modal analysis carried out on the helicopter main rotor blade using FBG sensors and a similar experiment is done with the aircraft but using piezo strain sensors instead.

  14. Fiber Bragg Gratings, IT Techniques and Strain Gauge Validation for Strain Calculation on Aged Metal Specimens

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    Montero, Ander; de Ocariz, Idurre Saez; Lopez, Ion; Venegas, Pablo; Gomez, Javier; Zubia, Joseba

    2011-01-01

    This paper studies the feasibility of calculating strains in aged F114 steel specimens with Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors and infrared thermography (IT) techniques. Two specimens have been conditioned under extreme temperature and relative humidity conditions making comparative tests of stress before and after aging using different adhesives. Moreover, a comparison has been made with IT techniques and conventional methods for calculating stresses in F114 steel. Implementation of Structural Health Monitoring techniques on real aircraft during their life cycle requires a study of the behaviour of FBG sensors and their wiring under real conditions, before using them for a long time. To simulate aging, specimens were stored in a climate chamber at 70 °C and 90% RH for 60 days. This study is framed within the Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Non Destructuve Evaluation (NDE) research lines, integrated into the avionics area maintained by the Aeronautical Technologies Centre (CTA) and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). PMID:22346619

  15. Dental composite resins: measuring the polymerization shrinkage using optical fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Ottevaere, H.; Tabak, M.; Chah, K.; Mégret, P.; Thienpont, H.

    2012-04-01

    Polymerization shrinkage of dental composite materials is recognized as one of the main reasons for the development of marginal leakage between a tooth and filling material. As an alternative to conventional measurement methods, we propose optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) based sensors to perform real-time strain and shrinkage measurements during the curing process of dental resin cements. We introduce a fully automated set-up to measure the Bragg wavelength shift of the FBG strain sensors and to accurately monitor the linear strain and shrinkage of dental resins during curing. Three different dental resin materials were studied in this work: matrix-filled BisGMA-based resins, glass ionomers and organic modified ceramics.

  16. Effective refractive index modulation based optical fiber humidity sensor employing etched fiber Bragg grating

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    Mundendhar, Pathi; Khijwania, Sunil K.

    2015-09-01

    Relative humidity (RH) sensor employing etched fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is reported where RH variations are captured using effective-index-modulation, rather than traditional strain-modulation. Additionly, linear sensor response over wide dynamic range with optimum characteristics is focused. Comprehensive experimental investigation is carried out for the sensor that comprises uniformly etched cladding in the FBG region. Obtained results are observed to be in agreement with the theoretical analysis. Sensor response is observed to be linear over dynamic range 3-94%RH with ~ 0.082 pm/%RH sensitivity, ~0.6%RH resolution, ~ +/-2.5%RH accuracy, ~ +/-0.2 pm average discrepancy and ~ 0.2s response time during humidification/desiccation.

  17. Strain evaluation of strengthened concrete structures using FBG sensors

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    Lau Kintak; Zhou Limin; Ye Lin

    1999-12-02

    Fibre-optic Bragg Grating (FBG) sensor presents a great deal of potential in monitoring the internal status of the concrete structures after repairing or strengthening by an external adhered reinforcement. It can be used in a variety of configurations ranging from pointwise to multi-point strain measurement in order to investigate the strain distribution of the structures. In this paper, an experimental investigation on the rectangular notched-concrete beam, which was strengthened by glass fibre composites with the embedment of multiplexing FBG sensors is presented. Three point bending test was performed to investigate the strain profile of the specimen. Frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) technique was used to measure the strain variation of the fibre-grating regions. The results give a good agreement with the electrical resistance strain gauge in early loading condition. The difference of the strain-measuring results between the strain-gauge and FBG sensor was increased when further increasing the applied load. It was suspected that the micro/marco cracks occurred on the concrete surface and that the externally bonded strain-measuring device cannot be detected.

  18. Strain evaluation of strengthened concrete structures using FBG sensors

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    Lau, Kin-tak; Zhou, Li-min; Ye, Lin

    1999-12-01

    Fibre-optic Bragg Grating (FBG) sensor presents a great deal of potential in monitoring the internal status of the concrete structures after repairing or strengthening by an external adhered reinforcement. It can be used in a variety of configurations ranging from pointwise to multi-point strain measurement in order to investigate the strain distribution of the structures. In this paper, an experimental investigation on the rectangular notched-concrete beam, which was strengthened by glass fibre composites with the embedment of multiplexing FBG sensors is presented. Three point bending test was performed to investigate the strain profile of the specimen. Frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) technique was used to measure the strain variation of the fibre-grating regions. The results give a good agreement with the electrical resistance strain gauge in early loading condition. The difference of the strain-measuring results between the strain-gauge and FBG sensor was increased when further increasing the applied load. It was suspected that the micro/marco cracks occurred on the concrete surface and that the externally bonded strain-measuring device cannot be detected.

  19. Annealing effects on strain and stress sensitivity of polymer optical fibre based sensors

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    Pospori, A.; Marques, C. A. F.; Zubel, M. G.; Sáez-Rodríguez, D.; Nielsen, K.; Bang, O.; Webb, D. J.

    2016-04-01

    The annealing effects on strain and stress sensitivity of polymer optical fibre Bragg grating sensors after their photoinscription are investigated. PMMA optical fibre based Bragg grating sensors are first photo-inscribed and then they were placed into hot water for annealing. Strain, stress and force sensitivity measurements are taken before and after annealing. Parameters such as annealing time and annealing temperature are investigated. The change of the fibre diameter due to water absorption and the annealing process is also considered. The results show that annealing the polymer optical fibre tends to increase the strain, stress and force sensitivity of the photo-inscribed sensor.

  20. Negative axial strain sensitivity in gold-coated eccentric fiber Bragg gratings

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    Chah, Karima; Kinet, Damien; Caucheteur, Christophe

    2016-11-01

    New dual temperature and strain sensor has been designed using eccentric second-order fiber Bragg gratings produced in standard single-mode optical fiber by point-by-point direct writing technique with tight focusing of 800 nm femtosecond laser pulses. With thin gold coating at the grating location, we experimentally show that such gratings exhibit a transmitted amplitude spectrum composed by the Bragg and cladding modes resonances that extend in a wide spectral range exceeding one octave. An overlapping of the first order and second order spectrum is then observed. High-order cladding modes belonging to the first order Bragg resonance coupling are close to the second order Bragg resonance, they show a negative axial strain sensitivity (‑0.55 pm/με) compared to the Bragg resonance (1.20 pm/με) and the same temperature sensitivity (10.6 pm/°C). With this well conditioned system, temperature and strain can be determined independently with high sensitivity, in a wavelength range limited to a few nanometers.

  1. Negative axial strain sensitivity in gold-coated eccentric fiber Bragg gratings

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    Chah, Karima; Kinet, Damien; Caucheteur, Christophe

    2016-01-01

    New dual temperature and strain sensor has been designed using eccentric second-order fiber Bragg gratings produced in standard single-mode optical fiber by point-by-point direct writing technique with tight focusing of 800 nm femtosecond laser pulses. With thin gold coating at the grating location, we experimentally show that such gratings exhibit a transmitted amplitude spectrum composed by the Bragg and cladding modes resonances that extend in a wide spectral range exceeding one octave. An overlapping of the first order and second order spectrum is then observed. High-order cladding modes belonging to the first order Bragg resonance coupling are close to the second order Bragg resonance, they show a negative axial strain sensitivity (−0.55 pm/με) compared to the Bragg resonance (1.20 pm/με) and the same temperature sensitivity (10.6 pm/°C). With this well conditioned system, temperature and strain can be determined independently with high sensitivity, in a wavelength range limited to a few nanometers. PMID:27901059

  2. Negative axial strain sensitivity in gold-coated eccentric fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Chah, Karima; Kinet, Damien; Caucheteur, Christophe

    2016-11-30

    New dual temperature and strain sensor has been designed using eccentric second-order fiber Bragg gratings produced in standard single-mode optical fiber by point-by-point direct writing technique with tight focusing of 800 nm femtosecond laser pulses. With thin gold coating at the grating location, we experimentally show that such gratings exhibit a transmitted amplitude spectrum composed by the Bragg and cladding modes resonances that extend in a wide spectral range exceeding one octave. An overlapping of the first order and second order spectrum is then observed. High-order cladding modes belonging to the first order Bragg resonance coupling are close to the second order Bragg resonance, they show a negative axial strain sensitivity (-0.55 pm/με) compared to the Bragg resonance (1.20 pm/με) and the same temperature sensitivity (10.6 pm/°C). With this well conditioned system, temperature and strain can be determined independently with high sensitivity, in a wavelength range limited to a few nanometers.

  3. Optical fiber sensor for simultaneous measurement of distributed strain and temperature

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    Sivanesan, Ponniah

    Optical fiber sensors play an important role in health monitoring of space shuttles, aviation vehicles, and civil structures to issue early warnings. In this dissertation, a novel fiber sensor configuration using first and second order fiber Bragg gratings, coupled with Fourier demodulation technique, is investigated for simultaneously measuring strain and temperature. A detailed theoretical analysis for measurement resolution with regard to the sensor system matrix and the wavelength detection resolution is carried out for six different fiber grating based sensor configurations. Experimental methods to induce first and second order Bragg resonances in regular fiber gratings in single mode fibers are investigated. Far field (Fraunhofer field) diffraction intensity pattern in phase masks (dielectric surface relief gratings) is studied using simple plane wave electro-magnetic theory and the results are compared with the experimental measurements. A Fourier transform Bragg demodulator (FTBD) is built for simultaneously interrogating fiber gratings at 780 nm and 1550 nm wavelength ranges. The demodulator sensitivity and the grating sensor multiplexibility are investigated in terms of constraints arising from optical detectors, optical loss, and the spectral shape of the fiber gratings and mirrors. Finally, the measurement resolution of the whole sensor system is examined using simulated sensor data under two different laser tuning schemes; a single continuous sweep of the entire grating spectra and a multiple successive sweeps of the entire grating spectra. It is shown that the strain and temperature can be measured with a resolution of +/-150 x 10-6 and +/-25°C using first and second order fiber grating (1550 nm/780 nm) sensors bonded to a 30.48 cm x 2.54 cm x 2.3 mm aluminum beam and interrogated by a FTBD system with single laser sweep.

  4. Investigation on sensitivity improvement of fiber Bragg grating sensors using weak value amplification based on optical attenuation

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    Yoo, Kwang Wook; Shin, Jong-Cheol; Hwang, Ju Il; Han, Young-Geun

    2017-04-01

    We investigate the sensitivity improvement of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors based on the optical attenuation-based weak value amplification (WVA). We successfully enhance the strain sensitivity of the FBG sensor based on the proposed WVA. The amplification factor (A) controlled by the optical attention is optimized to improve the sensitivity of the FBG sensing probe. The strain sensitivity of the FBG sensor using the proposed attenuation-based WVA is successfully enhanced by a factor of 2.73 compared with that without the WVA.

  5. High-performance hybrid Raman/fiber Bragg grating fiber-optic sensor based on simplex cyclic pulse coding.

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    Taki, M; Zaidi, F; Toccafondo, I; Nannipieri, T; Signorini, A; Faralli, S; Di Pasquale, F

    2013-02-15

    We propose and experimentally demonstrate the use of cyclic pulse coding to improve the performance of hybrid Raman/fiber Bragg grating (FBG) fiber-optic sensors, for simultaneous measurement of distributed static temperature and discrete dynamic strain over the same sensing fiber. Effective noise reduction is achieved in both Raman optical time-domain reflectometry and dynamic interrogation of time-division-multiplexed fiber FBG sensors, enhancing the sensing range resolution and providing real-time point dynamic strain measurement capabilities. The highly integrated sensor scheme employs broadband apodized low-reflectivity FBGs, a single narrowband optical source, and a shared receiver block.

  6. Smart sensing of aviation structures with fiber optic Bragg grating sensors

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    Trutzel, Michael N.; Wauer, Karsten; Betz, Daniel; Staudigel, Lothar; Krumpholz, Oskar; Muehlmann, Hans-Christian; Muellert, Thomas; Gleine, Wolfgang

    2000-06-01

    We developed a surface mounting technique where fiber-optic Bragg grating (FBG) sensors are glued to the surface of structures and tested the technique on the surface of a CFRP- wing at the DASA Airbus test center Hamburg for over one year. The FBG sensors were interrogated with a measurement system capable of determining the Bragg wavelength in a few seconds over a spectral range of 60 nm (around 1.53 μm) with an absolute accuracy better than 1 pm. A polarization scrambler was used to account for polarization effects. Excellent consistence between the values of electrical strain gauges and the FBG sensors were found during all measurements. However because this method shows drawbacks in a harsher environment such as a flight test, we are currently investigating the possibilities of integrating FBG sensors into the varnish of the structures. For reasons of their better mechanical performance we use FBG sensors produced on the fiber draw-tower with a special UV-curable coating. The sensors are integrated into an original Airbus varnish build- up. We observed linear strain sensitivities in a temperature range between -50 and +100 °C. Furthermore, at negative temperatures we found a vanish- induced polarization dependence which could be used to differentiate between strain and temperature effects.

  7. Advances in bio-tactile sensors for minimally invasive surgery using the fibre Bragg grating force sensor technique: a survey.

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    Abushagur, Abdulfatah A G; Arsad, Norhana; Reaz, Mamun Ibne; Bakar, A Ashrif A

    2014-04-09

    The large interest in utilising fibre Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) applications to replace conventional electrical tactile sensors has grown in the past few years. FBG strain sensors offer the advantages of optical fibre sensors, such as high sensitivity, immunity to electromagnetic noise, electrical passivity and chemical inertness, but are not limited by phase discontinuity or intensity fluctuations. FBG sensors feature a wavelength-encoding sensing signal that enables distributed sensing that utilises fewer connections. In addition, their flexibility and lightness allow easy insertion into needles and catheters, thus enabling localised measurements inside tissues and blood. Two types of FBG tactile sensors have been emphasised in the literature: single-point and array FBG tactile sensors. This paper describes the current design, development and research of the optical fibre tactile techniques that are based on FBGs to enhance the performance of MIS procedures in general. Providing MIS or microsurgery surgeons with accurate and precise measurements and control of the contact forces during tissues manipulation will benefit both surgeons and patients.

  8. Spectral profile tracking of multiplexed fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Stewart, William; Van Hoe, Bram; Van Steenberge, Geert; Schultz, Stephen; Peters, Kara

    2015-12-01

    This paper outlines a demodulation technique for fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors based on combined spectral profile division multiplexing and wavelength division multiplexing. The advantage to this technique is that more FBG sensors can be compressed in a fixed bandwidth, as compared to pure wavelength division multiplexing, in which separate wavelength window is required for each sensor. To identify each FBG sensor, the cross-correlation algorithm of the original sensor spectral profile with the measured full-spectrum from the sensor array is calculated for rapid signal processing. The demodulation method is tested on simulated and experimental data. The demodulation generally performed well, except for cases where a significant amount of spectral distortion due to multiplexing was present. Finally, a correction factor based on the prior location of each sensor at the previous time step is added to compensate for inherent uncertainties in the cross-correlation algorithm. The correction factor improved some predictions, but made others worse, and therefore needs further investigation for practical applications.

  9. A magnetostrictive composite-fiber Bragg Grating sensor.

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    Quintero, Sully M M; Braga, Arthur M B; Weber, Hans I; Bruno, Antonio C; Araújo, Jefferson F D F

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a light and compact optical fiber Bragg Grating sensor for DC and AC magnetic field measurements. The fiber is coated by a thick layer of a magnetostrictive composite consisting of particles of Terfenol-D dispersed in a polymeric matrix. Among the different compositions for the coating that were tested, the best magnetostrictive response was obtained using an epoxy resin as binder and a 30% volume fraction of Terfenol-D particles with sizes ranging from 212 to 300 μm. The effect of a compressive preload in the sensor was also investigated. The achieved resolution was 0.4 mT without a preload or 0.3 mT with a compressive pre-stress of 8.6 MPa. The sensor was tested at magnetic fields of up to 750 mT under static conditions. Dynamic measurements were conducted with a magnetic unbalanced four-pole rotor.

  10. Accurate wavelength interrogation of fiber Bragg grating sensors using Michelson interferometry

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    Gornall, William; Amarel, Tony R.

    2004-03-01

    Fiber-optic techniques for remote sensing are now being accepted and developed for a wide range of applications. Traditional sensor technology relies on electrical components to provide the measurement of changing environmental conditions. However, when operating in remote and harsh environments, electrical sensors have a variety of limitations such as power requirements and short lifetime. In contrast, fiber-optic sensors are passive devices that are environmentally stable and have a long lifetime. The fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is a particular type of fiber-optic sensor that can be adapted to measure parameters such as temperature, pressure or strain. The measurement is encoded with the wave-length of the optical signal reflected from the FBG. Consequently, the method of measuring the absolute optical wavelength is a critical component of the fiber-optic sensing system. To reliably detect very small changes in the environment at the sensor, the interrogation system must provide accurate and repeatable wavelength measurements. The interrogator also must be robust so that it can be deployed in the field as well as in the laboratory. Performance of a fiber Bragg grating interrogator based on Michelson interferometry is discussed along with the advantages of this technique.

  11. Surface plasmon resonance hydrogen sensor based on metallic grating with high sensitivity.

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    Lin, Kaiqun; Lu, Yonghua; Chen, Junxue; Zheng, Rongsheng; Wang, Pei; Ming, Hai

    2008-11-10

    High sensitivity is obtained at larger resonant incident angle if negative diffraction order of metallic grating is used to excite the surface plasmon. A highly sensitive grating-based surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor is designed for the hydrogen detection. A thin palladium (Pd) film deposited on the grating surface is used as transducer. The influences of grating period and the thickness of Pd on the performance of sensor are investigated using rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) method. The sensitivity as well as the width of the SPR curves and reflective amplitude is considered simultaneously for designing the grating-based SPR hydrogen sensor, and a set of optimized structural parameters is presented. The performance of grating-based SPR sensor is also compared with that of conventional prism-based SPR sensor.

  12. Planar waveguide Bragg grating sensors for composite monitoring

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    Teigell Benéitez, Nuria; Missinne, Jeroen; Chiesura, Gabriele; Luyckx, Geert; Degrieck, Joris; Van Steenberge, Geert

    2016-04-01

    Composite materials are extensively used in a wide array of application markets by virtue of their strength, stiffness and lightness. Many composite structures are replaced today not only after failure but also before, for precautionary reasons. Adding optical sensing intelligence to these structures not only prolongs their lifetime but also significantly reduces the use of raw materials and energy. The use of optical based sensors offer numerous advantages i.e. integrability, high sensitivity, compactness and electromagnetic immunity. Most sensors integrated in composites are based on silica fibers with Bragg gratings. However, polymers are an interesting alternative because they present several advantages. They have high values in the opticalconstants involved in sensing, are cost-effective and allow larger elongations than silica. Moreover, planar optical waveguides represent an interesting approach to be further integrated e.g. in circuits. We present a comparison between Ormocer®-based and epoxy-based polymer waveguide Bragg grating sensors. Both polymers were screened for their compatibility with composite production processes and for their sensitivity to measure temperature and stress. Ormocer®-based sensors were found to exhibit a very high sensitivity (-250 pm/°C) for temperature sensing, while the epoxy-based sensors, although less sensitive (-90 pm/°C) were more compatible with the epoxy-based composite production process. In terms of sensitivity to measure stress, both materials were found to be analogous with measured values of (2.98 pm/μepsilon) for the epoxy-based and (3.00 pm/μepsilon) for Ormocer®-based sensors.

  13. Fibre Bragg gratings subject to high strain at high frequencies

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    Jackson, D. A.

    2011-05-01

    A simple optical interrogation scheme based on an erbium doped fibre super-fluorescent source and a high Finesse Fabry Perot driven at effective frequencies of 20 kHz over ~ 60nm range is used to recover the output signals from Fibre Bragg Gratings (FBG) that can be deployed in a serial array. The FBG were modulated at frequencies up to 10 kHz and strains up to ~4000μstrain. These signals were recovered in the time domain with a very high bandwidth digital scope using a two dimensional waterfall display consisting of a number of segments where the time between segments is equal to the inverse of the system scanning frequency; essentially the sequential 'x' axis tick markers in a conventional x-y graph format. The amplitude induced changes in the wavelength of the FBG are converted to different times and observed as sequential horizontal scans along the time axis of the waterfall, correspond to the variations in the wavelength of the FBG (y axis). Signals from serial FBG arrays appear at different time slices on the time axis enabling near simultaneous determination of the induced strain of each grating.

  14. Polymer optical fiber grating as water activity sensor

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    Zhang, Wei; Webb, David J.

    2014-05-01

    Controlling the water content within a product has long been required in the chemical processing, agriculture, food storage, paper manufacturing, semiconductor, pharmaceutical and fuel industries. The limitations of water content measurement as an indicator of safety and quality are attributed to differences in the strength with which water associates with other components in the product. Water activity indicates how tightly water is "bound," structurally or chemically, in products. Water absorption introduces changes in the volume and refractive index of poly(methyl methacrylate) PMMA. Therefore for a grating made in PMMA based optical fiber, its wavelength is an indicator of water absorption and PMMA thus can be used as a water activity sensor. In this work we have investigated the performance of a PMMA based optical fiber grating as a water activity sensor in sugar solution, saline solution and Jet A-1 aviation fuel. Samples of sugar solution with sugar concentration from 0 to 8%, saline solution with concentration from 0 to 22%, and dried (10ppm), ambient (39ppm) and wet (68ppm) aviation fuels were used in experiments. The corresponding water activities are measured as 1.0 to 0.99 for sugar solution, 1.0 to 0.86 for saline solution, and 0.15, 0.57 and 1.0 for the aviation fuel samples. The water content in the measured samples ranges from 100% (pure water) to 10 ppm (dried aviation fuel). The PMMA based optical fiber grating exhibits good sensitivity and consistent response, and Bragg wavelength shifts as large as 3.4 nm when the sensor is transferred from dry fuel to wet fuel.

  15. Measurement of composite shrinkage using a fibre optic Bragg grating sensor.

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    Milczewski, M S; Silva, J C C; Paterno, A S; Kuller, F; Kalinowski, H J

    2007-01-01

    Fibre Bragg grating is used to determine resin-based composite shrinkage. Two composite resins (Freedom from SDI and Z100 from 3M) were tested to determine the polymerization contraction behaviour. Each sample of resin was prepared with an embedded fibre Bragg grating. A LED activation unit with wavelength from 430 nm to 470 nm (Dabi Atlante) was used for resin polymerization. The wavelength position of the peak in the optical reflection spectra of the sensor was measured. The wavelength shift was related to the shrinkage deformation of the samples. Temperature and strain evolution during the curing phase of the material was monitored. The shrinkage in the longitudinal direction was 0.15 +/- 0.02% for resin Z100 (3M) and 0.06+/-0.01% for Freedom (SDI); two-thirds of shrinkage occurred after the first 50 s of illumination.

  16. Laser structured fibre Bragg gratings as enhanced force sensors

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    Marchi, G.; Stephan, V.; Huber, H.; Roths, J.

    2015-09-01

    The production and characterisation of a micro-structured FBG force sensor is described. Employing femtosecond laser micro machinery a circumferential ditch of about 30 μm depth and 40 μm width is engraved in the clad of an optical fibre at the centre of a 3 mm long type I fibre Bragg grating (FBG). The purpose of the structure is the enhancement of the force sensitivity characteristics for the measurement of sub-mN forces. Phase-shift spectra occur when axial stress is applied to the fibre. Exploiting this phenomenon experimental tests show a 10% improvement in the sensitivity performance when compared to an unstructured FBG.

  17. Optofluidic two-dimensional grating volume refractive index sensor.

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    Sarkar, Anirban; Shivakiran Bhaktha, B N; Khastgir, Sugata Pratik

    2016-09-10

    We present an optofluidic reservoir with a two-dimensional grating for a lab-on-a-chip volume refractive index sensor. The observed diffraction pattern from the device resembles the analytically obtained fringe pattern. The change in the diffraction pattern has been monitored in the far-field for fluids with different refractive indices. Reliable measurements of refractive index variations, with an accuracy of 6×10-3 refractive index units, for different fluids establishes the optofluidic device as a potential on-chip tool for monitoring dynamic refractive index changes.

  18. Hydrogel-coated fiber Bragg grating sensor for pH monitoring

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    Pabbisetti, Vayu Nandana Kishore; Madhuvarasu, Sai Shankar

    2016-06-01

    We present a fiber-optic wavelength-modulated sensor for pH applications. Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is functionalized with a stimulus-responsive hydrogel that induces a strain on FBG due to mechanical expansion of the gel in response to ambient pH changes. The gel is synthesized from the blends of poly (vinyl alcohol)/poly (acrylic acid). The induced strain results in a shift of FBG reflected peak that is monitored by an interrogator. The sensor system shows good linearity in the acidic pH range of 3 to 7 with a sensitivity of 12.16 pm/pH. In addition, it shows good repeatability and oscillator behavior, which proves it to be fit for pH sensing applications.

  19. pH-responsive hydrogel coated fiber Bragg grating-based chemo mechanical sensor bioreactor applications

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    Kishore, P. V. N.; Sai Shankar, M.

    2017-04-01

    This paper describes a fiber optics based pH sensor by using wavelength modulated techniques. Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is functionalized with a stimulus responsive hydrogel which induces a strain on FBG due to mechanical expansion of the gel in response to ambient pH changes. The gel is synthesized from the blends of Poly (vinyl alcohol)/Poly (acrylic acid). The induced strain results in a shift of FBG reflected peak which is monitored by an interrogator. The sensor system shows a good linearity in acidic pH range of 3 to 7 with a sensitivity of 12.16pm/pH. Besides that it shows good repeatability which proves it to be fit for pH sensing applications.

  20. Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for the Oil Industry.

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    Qiao, Xueguang; Shao, Zhihua; Bao, Weijia; Rong, Qiangzhou

    2017-02-23

    With the oil and gas industry growing rapidly, increasing the yield and profit require advances in technology for cost-effective production in key areas of reservoir exploration and in oil-well production-management. In this paper we review our group's research into fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) and their applications in the oil industry, especially in the well-logging field. FBG sensors used for seismic exploration in the oil and gas industry need to be capable of measuring multiple physical parameters such as temperature, pressure, and acoustic waves in a hostile environment. This application requires that the FBG sensors display high sensitivity over the broad vibration frequency range of 5 Hz to 2.5 kHz, which contains the important geological information. We report the incorporation of mechanical transducers in the FBG sensors to enable enhance the sensors' amplitude and frequency response. Whenever the FBG sensors are working within a well, they must withstand high temperatures and high pressures, up to 175 °C and 40 Mpa or more. We use femtosecond laser side-illumination to ensure that the FBGs themselves have the high temperature resistance up to 1100 °C. Using FBG sensors combined with suitable metal transducers, we have experimentally realized high- temperature and pressure measurements up to 400 °C and 100 Mpa. We introduce a novel technology of ultrasonic imaging of seismic physical models using FBG sensors, which is superior to conventional seismic exploration methods. Compared with piezoelectric transducers, FBG ultrasonic sensors demonstrate superior sensitivity, more compact structure, improved spatial resolution, high stability and immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI). In the last section, we present a case study of a well-logging field to demonstrate the utility of FBG sensors in the oil and gas industry.

  1. High resolution and wide scale fiber Bragg grating sensor interrogation system

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    Ma, Youchun; Wang, Changjiang; Yang, Yuanhong; Yan, Shubin; Li, Jinming

    2013-09-01

    This paper demonstrates a high resolution and wide scale fiber Bragg grating sensor interrogation system based on fiber Fabry-Perot tunable filter (FFP-TF) and Fabry-Perot ITU filter (FPIF). By automatic control of the driving voltage of the FFP-TF, the wavelength of the laser can be tracked to the -3dB reflectivity spectrum of the FBG. Using FPIF as the reference channel, the measurement resolution of the system is improved by wiping out the nonlinearity of the FFP-TF. A high resolution of better than 2pm within wide strain measurement range was verified by experiments.

  2. Strain and temperature measurement using a 9.5-m continuous chirped fiber Bragg grating with millimeter resolution

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    Fröjdh, K.; Hedin, G.; Helmfrid, S.

    2017-04-01

    A 9.5-m continuous chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) interrogated with an optical frequency domain reflectometer is used for strain and temperature measurements. The spatial resolution is 4 mm and the noise level is 0.1 K corresponding to 1 μstrain. The strain profile is also derived from the optical reflection spectrum alone, and the results are in good agreement with the profile obtained from the optical frequency domain reflectometer. A CFBG in combination with a high-resolution interrogator can therefore enable a cost-efficient continuous strain sensor.

  3. Signal characteristics of the surface bonded fiber Bragg grating sensors by bonding length under different load types

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    Kwon, Hyunseok; Park, Yurim; Shrestha, Pratik; Kim, Chun-Gon

    2017-04-01

    The surface-bonding method of the fiber Bragg grating(FBG) sensor is easier to handle than embedding method. However surface bonded FBG sensors have the limitation of the signal characteristics being affected by the bonding layer. In this study, the effects of the bonding length on the surface installed FBG sensor signal characteristics under various load types were empirically investigated. To evaluate the stability of the signal characteristics of the FBG sensors, the strain transfer rate and the multiple peaks ratio of the reflected spectrum were calculated and compared. From the experimental results, the strain transfer ratio and multiple peaks ratio varied because of the different strain gradients formed depending on the applied load type. Therefore, it was found that the effective bonding length for respective load types need to be determined to get a stable signal from the surface bonded FBG sensors.

  4. Design and characteristics of a non-contact rotational sensor based on a fiber Bragg grating

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    Lu, Li-dan; Li, Hong; Yao, Qi-feng; He, Wei; Zhu, Lian-qing

    2016-11-01

    We propose a novel non-contact rotational sensor based on a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) packaged in a core of a magnetic head, which converts the introduced strain from the circular magnetic railings ruler into the rotational information. A mathematical model is built for processing the data obtained by an interrogator, and the accuracy and resolution of the measurements are analyzed by altering the radius and period of the circular magnetic railings ruler, as well as the dimension of the sensor. The experimental results show that it is in good accordance with the theoretical analysis on rotational angle, and the fitting results indicate that the results obtained from the rotational sensor match very well with the real rotational velocity with a linearity of 0.998 and a standard error of about 0.01.

  5. Polymer PCF Bragg grating sensors based on poly(methyl methacrylate) and TOPAS cyclic olefin copolymer

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    Johnson, Ian. P.; Webb, David J.; Kalli, Kyriacos; Yuan, Wu; Stefani, Alessio; Nielsen, Kristian; Rasmussen, Henrik K.; Bang, Ole

    2011-05-01

    Fibre Bragg grating (FBG) sensors have been fabricated in polymer photonic crystal fibre (PCF). Results are presented using two different types of polymer optical fibre (POF); first multimode PCF with a core diameter of 50μm based on poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and second, endlessly single mode PCF with a core diameter of 6μm based on TOPAS cyclic olefin copolymer. Bragg grating inscription was achieved using a 30mW continuous wave 325nm helium cadmium laser. Both TOPAS and PMMA fibre have a large attenuation of around 1dB/cm in the 1550nm spectral region, limiting fibre lengths to no longer than 10cm. However, both have improved attenuation of under 10dB/m in the 800nm spectral region, thus allowing for fibre lengths to be much longer. The focus of current research is to utilise the increased fibre length, widening the range of sensor applications. The Bragg wavelength shift of a grating fabricated in PMMA fibre at 827nm has been monitored whilst the POF is thermally annealed at 80°C for 7 hours. The large length of POF enables real time monitoring of the grating, which demonstrates a permanent negative Bragg wavelength shift of 24nm during the 7 hours. This creates the possibility to manufacture multiplexed Bragg sensors in POF using a single phase mask in the UV inscription manufacturing. TOPAS holds certain advantages over PMMA including a much lower affinity for water, this should allow for the elimination of cross-sensitivity to humidity when monitoring temperature changes or axial strain, which is a significant concern when using PMMA fibre.

  6. Adaptive ultrasonic sensor using a fiber ring laser with tandem fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Liu, Tongqing; Hu, Lingling; Han, Ming

    2014-08-01

    We propose and demonstrate an intensity-demodulated fiber-optic ultrasonic sensor system that can be self-adaptive to large quasi-static background strain perturbations. The sensor system is based on a fiber ring laser (FRL) whose laser cavity includes a pair of fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs). Self-adaptive ultrasonic detection is achieved by a tandem design where the two FBGs are engineered to have differential spectral responses to ultrasonic waves and are installed side-by-side at the same location on a structure. As a result, ultrasonic waves lead to relative spectral shifts of the FBGs and modulations to the cold-cavity loss of the FRL. Ultrasonic waves can then be detected directly from the laser intensity variations in response to the cold-cavity loss modulation. The sensor system is insensitive to quasi-static background strains because they lead to identical responses of the tandem FBGs. Based on the principle, a FRL sensor system was demonstrated and tested for adaptive ultrasonic detection when large static strains as well as dynamic sinusoidal vibrations were applied to the sensor.

  7. Facile strain analysis of largely bending films by a surface-labelled grating method

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    Akamatsu, Norihisa; Tashiro, Wataru; Saito, Keisuke; Mamiya, Jun-Ichi; Kinoshita, Motoi; Ikeda, Tomiki; Takeya, Jun; Fujikawa, Shigenori; Priimagi, Arri; Shishido, Atsushi

    2014-06-01

    Mechanical properties of flexible films, for example surface strain of largely bending films, are key to design of stretchable electronic devices, wearable biointegrated devices, and soft microactuators/robots. However, existing methods are mainly based on strain-gauge measurements that require miniaturized array sensors, lead wires, and complicated calibrations. Here we introduce a facile method, based on surface-labelled gratings, for two-dimensional evaluation of surface strains in largely bending films. With this technique, we demonstrate that soft-matter mechanics can be distinct from the mechanics of hard materials. In particular, liquid-crystalline elastomers may undergo unconventional bending in three dimensions, in which both the inner and outer surfaces of the bending film are compressed. We also show that this method can be applied to amorphous elastomeric films, which highlights the general importance of this new mechanical evaluation tool in designing soft-matter-based electronic/photonic as well as biointegrated materials.

  8. Facile strain analysis of largely bending films by a surface-labelled grating method

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    Akamatsu, Norihisa; Tashiro, Wataru; Saito, Keisuke; Mamiya, Jun-ichi; Kinoshita, Motoi; Ikeda, Tomiki; Takeya, Jun; Fujikawa, Shigenori; Priimagi, Arri; Shishido, Atsushi

    2014-01-01

    Mechanical properties of flexible films, for example surface strain of largely bending films, are key to design of stretchable electronic devices, wearable biointegrated devices, and soft microactuators/robots. However, existing methods are mainly based on strain-gauge measurements that require miniaturized array sensors, lead wires, and complicated calibrations. Here we introduce a facile method, based on surface-labelled gratings, for two-dimensional evaluation of surface strains in largely bending films. With this technique, we demonstrate that soft-matter mechanics can be distinct from the mechanics of hard materials. In particular, liquid-crystalline elastomers may undergo unconventional bending in three dimensions, in which both the inner and outer surfaces of the bending film are compressed. We also show that this method can be applied to amorphous elastomeric films, which highlights the general importance of this new mechanical evaluation tool in designing soft-matter-based electronic/photonic as well as biointegrated materials. PMID:24948462

  9. Design of a decoupled MRI-compatible force sensor using fiber bragg grating sensors for robot-assisted prostate interventions

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    Monfaredi, Reza; Seifabadi, Reza; Fichtinger, Gabor; Iordachita, Iulian

    2013-03-01

    During prostate needle insertion, the gland rotates and displaces resulting in needle placement inaccuracy. To compensate for this error, we proposed master-slave needle steering under real-time MRI in a previous study. For MRI-compatibility and accurate motion control, the master (and the slave) robot uses piezo actuators. These actuators however, are non-backdrivable. To cope with this issue, force sensor is required. Force sensor is also required at the slave side to reflect the insertion force to clinician's hand through the master robot. Currently, there is no MRI-compatible force sensor commercially available. In order to generate a combination of linear and rotary motions for needle steering, this study is seeking to develop a MRI-compatible 2 Degrees of Freedom (DOF) force/torque sensor. Fiber Brag Grating (FBG) strain measuring sensors which are proven to be MRI-compatible are used. The active element is made of phosphor-bronze and other parts are made of brass. The force and torque measurements are designed to be entirely decoupled. The sensor measures -20 to 20 N axial force with 0.1 N resolution, and -200 to 200 Nmm axial torque with 1 Nmm resolution. Analytical and Finite Element (FE) analyses are performed to ensure the strains are within the measurable range of the FBG sensors. The sensor is designed to be compact (diameter =15 mm, height =20 mm) and easy to handle and install. The proposed sensor is fabricated and calibrated using a commercial force/torque sensor.

  10. Fiber-coupled, Littrow-grating cavity displacement sensor.

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    Allen, Graham; Sun, Ke-Xun; Byer, Robert

    2010-04-15

    We have demonstrated a compact, optical-fiber-fed, optical displacement sensor utilizing a Littrow-mounted diffraction grating to form a low-finesse Fabry-Perot cavity. Length changes of the cavity are read out via the Pound-Drever-Hall rf modulation technique at 925 MHz. The sensor has a nominal working distance of 2 cm and a total dynamic range of 160 nm. The displacement noise floor was less than 3x10(-10) m/sqrt[Hz] above 10(-2) Hz, limited by the frequency drift of the reference laser. A frequency-stabilized laser would reduce the noise floor to below 10(-12) m/sqrt[Hz]. The use of a 925 MHz modulation frequency demonstrates high-precision readout of a low-finesse compact resonant cavity.

  11. Hydrogen-loaded fiber Bragg grating for high-temperature sensor applications

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    Zhang, Bowei; Kahrizi, Mojtaba

    2004-11-01

    Bragg gratings have widespread applications in the rapidly growing field of optical sensors. Although fiber Bragg gratings are often referring to permanent refractive index structures, exposure in increased temperature usually results the decay of the refractive index modulation. Basically, the stability of the grating competence at high temperature is an important criterion for high temperature sensor applications. This report is a part on going research to develop high temperature optical sensors. We report our design and analyze of a hydrogen loaded fiber Bragg grating temperature sensor range from room temperature to around 1000°C. A basic setup has been built in our lab to examine the performance of the point temperature sensor based on the hydrogen loaded fiber Bragg grating. Until now, a grating has been shown to stabilize at temperatures in excess of 700°C and to survive at temperatures in excess of 930°C. The tested operation gratings around 700°C retain up to 80% reflectivity after one and a half hours. The thermal treatment of the tested hydrogen loaded fiber Bragg gratings is demonstrated capable to enhance effectively the grating's thermal stability. Our experimental results provide a better understanding of thermal response to the hydrogen loaded fiber Bragg gratings and their decay behavior at elevated temperatures.

  12. Diaphragm Based Fiber Bragg Grating Acceleration Sensor with Temperature Compensation

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    Li, Tianliang; Tan, Yuegang; Han, Xue; Zheng, Kai; Zhou, Zude

    2017-01-01

    A novel fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensing-based acceleration sensor has been proposed to simultaneously decouple and measure temperature and acceleration in real-time. This design applied a diaphragm structure and utilized the axial property of a tightly suspended optical fiber, enabling improvement in its sensitivity and resonant frequency and achieve a low cross-sensitivity. The theoretical vibrational model of the sensor has been built, and its design parameters and sensing properties have been analyzed through the numerical analysis. A decoupling method has been presented with consideration of the thermal expansion of the sensor structure to realize temperature compensation. Experimental results show that the temperature sensitivity is 8.66 pm/°C within the range of 30–90 °C. The acceleration sensitivity is 20.189 pm/g with a linearity of 0.764% within the range of 5~65 m/s2. The corresponding working bandwidth is 10~200 Hz and its resonant frequency is 600 Hz. This sensor possesses an excellent impact resistance for the cross direction, and the cross-axis sensitivity is below 3.31%. This implementation can avoid the FBG-pasting procedure and overcome its associated shortcomings. The performance of the proposed acceleration sensor can be easily adjusted by modifying their corresponding physical parameters to satisfy requirements from different vibration measurements. PMID:28124998

  13. Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for the Oil Industry

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    Qiao, Xueguang; Shao, Zhihua; Bao, Weijia; Rong, Qiangzhou

    2017-01-01

    With the oil and gas industry growing rapidly, increasing the yield and profit require advances in technology for cost-effective production in key areas of reservoir exploration and in oil-well production-management. In this paper we review our group’s research into fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) and their applications in the oil industry, especially in the well-logging field. FBG sensors used for seismic exploration in the oil and gas industry need to be capable of measuring multiple physical parameters such as temperature, pressure, and acoustic waves in a hostile environment. This application requires that the FBG sensors display high sensitivity over the broad vibration frequency range of 5 Hz to 2.5 kHz, which contains the important geological information. We report the incorporation of mechanical transducers in the FBG sensors to enable enhance the sensors’ amplitude and frequency response. Whenever the FBG sensors are working within a well, they must withstand high temperatures and high pressures, up to 175 °C and 40 Mpa or more. We use femtosecond laser side-illumination to ensure that the FBGs themselves have the high temperature resistance up to 1100 °C. Using FBG sensors combined with suitable metal transducers, we have experimentally realized high- temperature and pressure measurements up to 400 °C and 100 Mpa. We introduce a novel technology of ultrasonic imaging of seismic physical models using FBG sensors, which is superior to conventional seismic exploration methods. Compared with piezoelectric transducers, FBG ultrasonic sensors demonstrate superior sensitivity, more compact structure, improved spatial resolution, high stability and immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI). In the last section, we present a case study of a well-logging field to demonstrate the utility of FBG sensors in the oil and gas industry. PMID:28241460

  14. Research on reflectivity of chemical composition grating sensors at high temperatures

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    Li, Guoyu; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2010-12-01

    The way to improve the reflectivity of chemical composition grating (CCG) sensors is studied. Experimental results show that improving the initial fiber Bragg grating (FBG) reflectivity strength and enhancing the hydrogen concentration in the initial FBG inscription help to increase the reflectivity of the CCG sensors at high temperatures.

  15. Simultaneous strain and temperature measurement using a compact photonic crystal fiber inter-modal interferometer and a fiber Bragg grating.

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    Dong, Bo; Hao, Jianzhong; Liaw, Chin-yi; Lin, Bo; Tjin, Swee Chuan

    2010-11-10

    An all-fiber sensor scheme for simultaneous strain and temperature measurement is presented. The sensing head is formed by serially connecting a polarization maintaining photonic-crystal-fiber-based inter-modal interferometer (IMI) with a fiber Bragg grating (FBG). The IMI, exhibiting an opposite strain response as compared to that of the FBG, is highly sensitive to strain, while it is insensitive to temperature. This has potential for improving the strain and temperature measurement resolutions. A sensor resolution of ±8.3 με in strain and ±2 °C in temperature are experimentally achieved within a strain range of 0-957.6 με and a temperature range of 24 °C-64 °C, respectively.

  16. Improving the in-flight security by employing seat occupancy sensors based on Fiber Bragg grating technology

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    Zhang, Hongtao; Wang, Pengfei

    2012-06-01

    The current schemes of detecting the status of passengers in airplanes cannot satisfy the more strict regulations recently released by the United States Transportation Security Administration. In basis of investigation on the current seat occupancy sensors for vehicles, in this paper we present a novel scheme of seat occupancy sensors based on Fiber Bragg Grating technology to improve the in-flight security of airplanes. This seat occupancy sensor system can be used to detect the status of passengers and to trigger the airbags to control the inflation of air bags, which have been installed in the airplanes of some major airlines under the new law. This scheme utilizes our previous research results of Weight-In- Motion sensor system based on optical fiber Bragg grating. In contrast to the current seat occupancy sensors for vehicles, this new seat occupancy sensor has so many merits that it is very suitable to be applied in aerospace industry or high speed railway system. Moreover, combined with existing Fiber Bragg Grating strain or temperature sensor systems built in airplanes, this proposed method can construct a complete airline passenger management system.

  17. Research on the demodulation techniques of long-period fiber gratings strain sensing with low cost

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    Wang, Qingwei; Liu, Yueming; Tian, Weijian; Feng, Guilan

    2012-10-01

    The working principle of LPFG(Long-Period Fiber Grating) is based on coupling effect between propagating core-mode and co-propagating cladding-modes. The effective refractive index of cladding-modes could be obviously influenced by the environmental changes resulting in LPFG more sensitive than FBG (Fiber Bragg Grating) in sensing areas, such as temperature, strain, concentration, bending and etc. LPFG should have more potential in the field of sensors compared with FBG. One of the challenges in using LPFG for environmental sensing is how to interrogate the signal from the LPFG transmission spectrum, due to the large spectral range of the resonant dip. Nowadays the application of LPFG is normally limited in signal interrogation of FBG as optical edge filter. The signal interrogation of LPFG itself needs further research. Presently research on signal interrogation of fiber grating focuses on wavelength interrogation. The aim of wavelength interrogation is to get the wavelength shift caused by environmental change. To solve these problems, a kind of strain sensing interrogation technique for LPFG with low-cost based on tunable FBGs has been developed. Comparing with the method using Fabry-Perot cavity, tunable FBGs can lower the cost with the guarantee of sensing precision. The cost is further lowered without using expensive optical instruments such as optical switch. The problem of temperature cross-sensitivity was solved by using reference gratings. An experiment was performed to demonstrate the interrogation system. And in the experiment, the sensing signal of LPFG applied 0-1300μɛ was successfully interrogated. The results of the interrogation system and OSA are similar.

  18. Aluminum-thin-film packaged fiber Bragg grating probes for monitoring the maximum tensile strain of composite materials.

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    Im, Jooeun; Kim, Mihyun; Choi, Ki-Sun; Hwang, Tae-Kyung; Kwon, Il-Bum

    2014-06-10

    In this paper, new fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor probes are designed to intermittently detect the maximum tensile strain of composite materials, so as to evaluate the structural health status. This probe is fabricated by two thin Al films bonded to an FBG optical fiber and two supporting brackets, which are fixed on the surface of composite materials. The residual strain of the Al packaged FBG sensor probe is induced by the strain of composite materials. This residual strain can indicate the maximum strain of composite materials. Two types of sensor probes are prepared-one is an FBG with 18 μm thick Al films, and the other is an FBG with 36 μm thick Al films-to compare the thickness effect on the detection sensitivity. These sensor probes are bonded on the surfaces of carbon fiber reinforced plastics composite specimens. In order to determine the strain sensitivity between the residual strain of the FBG sensor probe and the maximum strain of the composite specimen, tensile tests are performed by universal testing machine, under the loading-unloading test condition. The strain sensitivities of the probes, which have the Al thicknesses of 18 and 36 μm, are determined as 0.13 and 0.23, respectively.

  19. Note: strain sensitivity comparison between fiber Bragg gratings inscribed on 125 and 80 micron cladding diameter fibers, case study on the solidification monitoring of a photo-curable resin.

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    Maccioni, E; Morganti, M; Brandi, F

    2015-02-01

    The influence of fiber Bragg grating diameter when measuring strain is investigated and quantified. Two fiber Bragg gratings with bare cladding diameter of 125 μm and 80 μm are produced by excimer laser irradiation through a phase mask, and are used to simultaneously monitor the Bragg wavelength shift due to the strain produced by the solidification of a photo-curable resin during light exposure. It is found that the ratio of the measured strains in the two fiber Bragg gratings is close to the inverse ratio of the fiber's cladding diameter. These results represent a direct simultaneous comparison between 125 μm and 80 μm diameter fiber Bragg grating strain sensors, and demonstrate the feasibility of strain measurements in photo-curable resins using bare 80 μm cladding diameter fiber Bragg gratings with an increased sensitivity and spatial resolution compared with standard 125 μm diameter fiber Bragg gratings.

  20. Note: Strain sensitivity comparison between fiber Bragg gratings inscribed on 125 and 80 micron cladding diameter fibers, case study on the solidification monitoring of a photo-curable resin

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    Maccioni, E.; Morganti, M.; Brandi, F.

    2015-02-15

    The influence of fiber Bragg grating diameter when measuring strain is investigated and quantified. Two fiber Bragg gratings with bare cladding diameter of 125 μm and 80 μm are produced by excimer laser irradiation through a phase mask, and are used to simultaneously monitor the Bragg wavelength shift due to the strain produced by the solidification of a photo-curable resin during light exposure. It is found that the ratio of the measured strains in the two fiber Bragg gratings is close to the inverse ratio of the fiber’s cladding diameter. These results represent a direct simultaneous comparison between 125 μm and 80 μm diameter fiber Bragg grating strain sensors, and demonstrate the feasibility of strain measurements in photo-curable resins using bare 80 μm cladding diameter fiber Bragg gratings with an increased sensitivity and spatial resolution compared with standard 125 μm diameter fiber Bragg gratings.

  1. Fiber Bragg grating sensors for real-time monitoring of evacuation process

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    Guru Prasad, A. S.; Hegde, Gopalkrishna M.; Asokan, S.

    2009-12-01

    Fiber bragg grating (FBG) sensors have been widely used for number of sensing applications like temperature, pressure, acousto-ultrasonic, static and dynamic strain, refractive index change measurements and so on. Present work demonstrates the use of FBG sensors in in-situ measurement of vacuum process with simultaneous leak detection capability. Experiments were conducted in a bell jar vacuum chamber facilitated with conventional Pirani gauge for vacuum measurement. Three different experiments have been conducted to validate the performance of FBG sensor in monitoring vacuum creating process and air bleeding. The preliminary results of FBG sensors in vacuum monitoring have been compared with that of commercial Pirani gauge sensor. This novel technique offers a simple alternative to conventional method for real time monitoring of evacuation process. Proposed FBG based vacuum sensor has potential applications in vacuum systems involving hazardous environment such as chemical and gas plants, automobile industries, aeronautical establishments and leak monitoring in process industries, where the electrical or MEMS based sensors are prone to explosion and corrosion.

  2. Fiber Bragg grating sensors for real-time monitoring of evacuation process

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    Guru Prasad, A. S.; Hegde, Gopalkrishna M.; Asokan, S.

    2010-03-01

    Fiber bragg grating (FBG) sensors have been widely used for number of sensing applications like temperature, pressure, acousto-ultrasonic, static and dynamic strain, refractive index change measurements and so on. Present work demonstrates the use of FBG sensors in in-situ measurement of vacuum process with simultaneous leak detection capability. Experiments were conducted in a bell jar vacuum chamber facilitated with conventional Pirani gauge for vacuum measurement. Three different experiments have been conducted to validate the performance of FBG sensor in monitoring vacuum creating process and air bleeding. The preliminary results of FBG sensors in vacuum monitoring have been compared with that of commercial Pirani gauge sensor. This novel technique offers a simple alternative to conventional method for real time monitoring of evacuation process. Proposed FBG based vacuum sensor has potential applications in vacuum systems involving hazardous environment such as chemical and gas plants, automobile industries, aeronautical establishments and leak monitoring in process industries, where the electrical or MEMS based sensors are prone to explosion and corrosion.

  3. Design of time grating displacement sensor based on transformer theory with varying coupling coefficient

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    Chen, Xihou; Peng, Donglin; Zhang, Xinghong; Yang, Wei

    2006-11-01

    Time grating displacement sensor realizes high precision measuring by counting some certain time pulses. Generating a travelling wave, which is related to the measured displacement, is a key tache in measuring process of time grating. Three-phase winding is used to generate travelling wave in field type time grating sensor, but uneven distribution of the winding may arouse measurement error. Tooth-grating structure is adopted to generate travelling wave in differential grating type time grating sensor, but the precision of this type sensor is very sensitive to machining precision of teeth. A new method to generate travelling wave is firstly proposed in this paper. This method is based on transformer theory with varying coupling coefficient. Employing a two pairs of face gears and two transformers structure, the sensor converts the change of rotator's displacement into the varieties of two transformers' coupling coefficient. Then coupling coefficient varieties cause the changes of signals' amplitude in both transformers' secondary coils. When the signals feeding to the two primary coils are two sine waves which have a 90° difference in phase and the positions of two pairs of face gears have a half tooth difference in space, the two signals induced by secondary windings can be added up and generate a travlling wave which is related to the displacement of rotator. According to this principle a novel type of time grating sensor is developed. Experiment results show that the correct signal can be generated and the new time grating sensor can get higher original precision.

  4. Power modulated temperature sensor with inscribed fibre Bragg gratings

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    Mądry, M.; Markowski, K.; Jędrzejewski, K.; Bereś-Pawlik, E.

    2016-12-01

    The Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) based temperature optical sensor has been designed and demonstrated. FBGs have been modelled and fabricated so as to convert the Bragg wavelength shift into the intensity domain. The main experimental setup consists of a filtering FBG and two scanning FBGs, respectively, left and right scanning FBG, whereby scanning FBGs are symmetrically located on the slopes of the filtering FBG. Such an approach allows for the modulation of power for the propagating optical signal depending on the ambient temperature at the scanning FBG location. A positive or negative change of power is determined by the spectral response of the FBG. Experimental research of the scanning FBGs' sensitivities emphasized that the key issue is the filtering FBG. A different level of sensitivity could be achieved due to the spectral characteristic of the filtering FBG. Omitting advanced and high-cost devices, the FBG-based temperature sensor is presented. The FBG-based sensor setup could yield resolution of 1°C for the range of temperature 0.5°C to 52.5°C. The experimental study has been performed as a base for an easy-placed sensor system to monitor external parameters in real environment.

  5. Active resonant subwavelength grating for scannerless range imaging sensors.

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    Kemme, Shanalyn A.; Nellums, Robert O.; Boye, Robert R.; Peters, David William

    2006-11-01

    In this late-start LDRD, we will present a design for a wavelength-agile, high-speed modulator that enables a long-term vision for the THz Scannerless Range Imaging (SRI) sensor. It takes the place of the currently-utilized SRI micro-channel plate which is limited to photocathode sensitive wavelengths (primarily in the visible and near-IR regimes). Two of Sandia's successful technologies--subwavelength diffractive optics and THz sources and detectors--are poised to extend the capabilities of the SRI sensor. The goal is to drastically broaden the SRI's sensing waveband--all the way to the THz regime--so the sensor can see through image-obscuring, scattering environments like smoke and dust. Surface properties, such as reflectivity, emissivity, and scattering roughness, vary greatly with the illuminating wavelength. Thus, objects that are difficult to image at the SRI sensor's present near-IR wavelengths may be imaged more easily at the considerably longer THz wavelengths (0.1 to 1mm). The proposed component is an active Resonant Subwavelength Grating (RSG). Sandia invested considerable effort on a passive RSG two years ago, which resulted in a highly-efficient (reflectivity greater than gold), wavelength-specific reflector. For this late-start LDRD proposal, we will transform the passive RSG design into an active laser-line reflector.

  6. A Fiber Bragg Grating Sensing Based Triaxial Vibration Sensor

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    Li, Tianliang; Tan, Yuegang; Liu, Yi; Qu, Yongzhi; Liu, Mingyao; Zhou, Zude

    2015-01-01

    A fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensing based triaxial vibration sensor has been presented in this paper. The optical fiber is directly employed as elastomer, and the triaxial vibration of a measured body can be obtained by two pairs of FBGs. A model of a triaxial vibration sensor as well as decoupling principles of triaxial vibration and experimental analyses are proposed. Experimental results show that: sensitivities of 86.9 pm/g, 971.8 pm/g and 154.7 pm/g for each orthogonal sensitive direction with linearity are separately 3.64%, 1.50% and 3.01%. The flat frequency ranges reside in 20–200 Hz, 3–20 Hz and 4–50 Hz, respectively; in addition, the resonant frequencies are separately 700 Hz, 40 Hz and 110 Hz in the x/y/z direction. When the sensor is excited in a single direction vibration, the outputs of sensor in the other two directions are consistent with the outputs in the non-working state. Therefore, it is effectively demonstrated that it can be used for three-dimensional vibration measurement. PMID:26393616

  7. A fiber Bragg grating sensor system for estimating the large deflection of a lightweight flexible beam

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    Peng, Te; Yang, Yangyang; Ma, Lina; Yang, Huayong

    2016-10-01

    A sensor system based on fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is presented which is to estimate the deflection of a lightweight flexible beam, including the tip position and the tip rotation angle. In this paper, the classical problem of the deflection of a lightweight flexible beam of linear elastic material is analysed. We present the differential equation governing the behavior of a physical system and show that this equation although straightforward in appearance, is in fact rather difficult to solve due to the presence of a non-linear term. We used epoxy glue to attach the FBG sensors to specific locations upper and lower surface of the beam in order to measure local strain measurements. A quasi-distributed FBG static strain sensor network is designed and established. The estimation results from FBG sensors are also compared to reference displacements from the ANSYS simulation results and the experimental results obtained in the laboratory in the static case. The errors of the estimation by FBG sensors are analysed for further error-correction and option-design. When the load weight is 20g, the precision is the highest, the position errors ex and ex are 0.19%, 0.14% respectively, the rotation error eθ, is 1.23%.

  8. Strain Measurement in Aluminium Alloy during the Solidification Process Using Embedded Fibre Bragg Gratings

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    Weraneck, Klaus; Heilmeier, Florian; Lindner, Markus; Graf, Moritz; Jakobi, Martin; Volk, Wolfram; Roths, Johannes; Koch, Alexander W.

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, the observation of the behaviour of components during the production process and over their life cycle is of increasing importance. Structural health monitoring, for example of carbon composites, is state-of-the-art research. The usage of Fibre Bragg Gratings (FBGs) in this field is of major advantage. Another possible area of application is in foundries. The internal state of melts during the solidification process is of particular interest. By using embedded FBGs, temperature and stress can be monitored during the process. In this work, FBGs were embedded in aluminium alloys in order to observe the occurring strain. Two different FBG positions were chosen in the mould in order to compare its dependence. It was shown that FBGs can withstand the solidification process, although a compression in the range of one percent was measured, which is in agreement with the literature value. Furthermore, different lengths of the gratings were applied, and it was shown that shorter gratings result in more accurate measurements. The obtained results prove that FBGs are applicable as sensors for temperatures up to 740 °C. PMID:27827900

  9. Strain Measurement in Aluminium Alloy during the Solidification Process Using Embedded Fibre Bragg Gratings.

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    Weraneck, Klaus; Heilmeier, Florian; Lindner, Markus; Graf, Moritz; Jakobi, Martin; Volk, Wolfram; Roths, Johannes; Koch, Alexander W

    2016-11-04

    In recent years, the observation of the behaviour of components during the production process and over their life cycle is of increasing importance. Structural health monitoring, for example of carbon composites, is state-of-the-art research. The usage of Fibre Bragg Gratings (FBGs) in this field is of major advantage. Another possible area of application is in foundries. The internal state of melts during the solidification process is of particular interest. By using embedded FBGs, temperature and stress can be monitored during the process. In this work, FBGs were embedded in aluminium alloys in order to observe the occurring strain. Two different FBG positions were chosen in the mould in order to compare its dependence. It was shown that FBGs can withstand the solidification process, although a compression in the range of one percent was measured, which is in agreement with the literature value. Furthermore, different lengths of the gratings were applied, and it was shown that shorter gratings result in more accurate measurements. The obtained results prove that FBGs are applicable as sensors for temperatures up to 740 °C.

  10. High Neutron Fluence Survivability Testing of Advanced Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Fielder, Robert S.; Klemer, Daniel; Stinson-Bagby, Kelly L.

    2004-02-04

    The motivation for the reported research was to support NASA space nuclear power initiatives through the development of advanced fiber optic sensors for space-based nuclear power applications. The purpose of the high-neutron fluence testing was to demonstrate the survivability of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors in a fission reactor environment. 520 FBGs were installed in the Ford reactor at the University of Michigan. The reactor was operated for 1012 effective full power hours resulting in a maximum neutron fluence of approximately 5x1019 n/cm2, and a maximum gamma dose of 2x103 MGy gamma. This work is significant in that, to the knowledge of the authors, the exposure levels obtained are approximately 1000 times higher than for any previously published experiment. Four different fiber compositions were evaluated. An 87% survival rate was observed for fiber Bragg gratings located at the fuel centerline. Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry (OFDR), originally developed at the NASA Langley Research Center, can be used to interrogate several thousand low-reflectivity FBG strain and/or temperature sensors along a single optical fiber. A key advantage of the OFDR sensor technology for space nuclear power is the extremely low mass of the sensor, which consists of only a silica fiber 125{mu}m in diameter. The sensors produced using this technology will fill applications in nuclear power for current reactor plants, emerging Generation-IV reactors, and for space nuclear power. The reported research was conducted by Luna Innovations and was funded through a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract with the NASA Glenn Research Center.

  11. High Neutron Fluence Survivability Testing of Advanced Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Fielder, Robert S.; Klemer, Daniel; Stinson-Bagby, Kelly L.

    2004-02-01

    The motivation for the reported research was to support NASA space nuclear power initiatives through the development of advanced fiber optic sensors for space-based nuclear power applications. The purpose of the high-neutron fluence testing was to demonstrate the survivability of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors in a fission reactor environment. 520 FBGs were installed in the Ford reactor at the University of Michigan. The reactor was operated for 1012 effective full power hours resulting in a maximum neutron fluence of approximately 5×1019 n/cm2, and a maximum gamma dose of 2×103 MGy gamma. This work is significant in that, to the knowledge of the authors, the exposure levels obtained are approximately 1000 times higher than for any previously published experiment. Four different fiber compositions were evaluated. An 87% survival rate was observed for fiber Bragg gratings located at the fuel centerline. Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry (OFDR), originally developed at the NASA Langley Research Center, can be used to interrogate several thousand low-reflectivity FBG strain and/or temperature sensors along a single optical fiber. A key advantage of the OFDR sensor technology for space nuclear power is the extremely low mass of the sensor, which consists of only a silica fiber 125μm in diameter. The sensors produced using this technology will fill applications in nuclear power for current reactor plants, emerging Generation-IV reactors, and for space nuclear power. The reported research was conducted by Luna Innovations and was funded through a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract with the NASA Glenn Research Center.

  12. Hydrogel coated fiber Bragg grating based chromium sensor

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    Kishore, P. V. N.; Madhuvarasu, Sai Shankar; Putha, Kishore; Moru, Satyanarayana; Gobi, K. Vengatajalabathy

    2016-04-01

    The present article reports a hydrogel coated Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) based sensor for chromium metal ion detection. The presence of chromium metal ion in environmental water causes many toxic effects both on humans and animals. The inability of sensing traces of chromium ions is still remains a challenging problem for decades, as the Chromium exists in the environment in different oxidation states. This Paper discusses a chemo-mechanical-optical sensing approach for sensing harmful Chromium ions in environmental water. Fiber Bragg Grating is functionalized with a stimulus responsive hydrogel which swells or deswells depending on ambient chromium ion concentrations. This volume change of the hydrogels causes a bragg shift of the FBG peak. Different peak shifting's, corresponding to different concentrations of the Cr ion concentrations, can be considered as a measure for quantifying traces of chromium ions. Hydrogel network cross-linked with (3-Acrylamidopropyl)-trimethylammonium chloride (ATAC) was synthesized and coated on FBG by dip coating method. Chromium ion concentrations up to ppm (parts per million) can be sensed by this technique.

  13. Investigation of transverse stress measurements by using embedded fiber Bragg grating sensors subjected to Host Poisson's effect

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    Chang, Chia-Chen; LeBlanc, Michel; Vohra, Sandeep T.

    2000-06-01

    In many situations, it is desirable to measure the load acting in a specific direction by measuring the strain induced by Poisson effects in a direction perpendicular to the load direction. For this to be possible, a fixed relationship between the strains in both directions must be known. This can be useful, for example, when the geometry is such that there is not sufficient room to locate a strain gauge parallel to the load direction but a gauge can be placed in a transverse plane. In this paper, we investigate the use of a fiber Bragg grating in such an arrangement with the fiber embedded within the host material. The investigation is done by theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches and we concentrate on two aspects: (1) the non-uniform strain transfer, particular in axial strains, due to shear-lag effects, and (2) the effect of induced birefringence in the optical fiber due to a load cross to its axis. The results of these approaches indicate that the strains of an embedded fiber sensor subjected to transverse loads are dependent on the location of the embedded sensor and the material properties of the host material. The results also show that when the Young's modulus of the host material is much less than the modulus of the embedded sensor, the Bragg spectrum broadening due to induced birefringence is not significant. However, a lower host Young's modulus also results in longer sections on non-uniform axial strain near the ingress and egress sections of the optical fiber. These two factors must be balanced if we desire to use conventional methods of Bragg grating interrogation that measure only the central wavelength of the Bragg grating's spectrum. In the case investigated (Host Young's modulus of 4.83 GPa) full strain build-up requires approximately 4 mm of fiber length at each end. Likewise, the transverse stress coupling into the fiber modifies its wavelength-shift-to-axial-strain- coefficient by about 6%.

  14. Performance analysis of polymer optical fibre based Fabry-Perot sensor formed by two uniform Bragg gratings

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    Pospori, A.; Webb, D. J.

    2016-04-01

    The stress sensitivity of polymer optical fibre (POF) based Fabry-Perot sensors formed by two uniform Bragg gratings with finite dimensions is investigated. POF has received high interest in recent years due to its different material properties compared to its silica counterpart. Biocompatibility, a higher failure strain and the highly elastic nature of POF are some of the main advantages. The much lower Young's modulus of polymer materials compared to silica offers enhanced stress sensitivity to POF based sensors which renders them great candidates for acoustic wave receivers and any kind of force detection. The main drawback in POF technology is perhaps the high fibre loss. In a lossless fibre the sensitivity of an interferometer is proportional to its cavity length. However, the presence of the attenuation along the optical path can significantly reduce the finesse of the Fabry-Perot interferometer and it can negatively affect its sensitivity at some point. The reflectivity of the two gratings used to form the interferometer can be also reduced as the fibre loss increases. In this work, a numerical model is developed to study the performance of POF based Fabry-Perot sensors formed by two uniform Bragg gratings with finite dimensions. Various optical and physical properties are considered such as grating physical length, grating effective length which indicates the point where the light is effectively reflected, refractive index modulation of the grating, cavity length of the interferometer, attenuation and operating wavelength. Using this model, we are able to identify the regimes in which the PMMA based sensor offer enhanced stress sensitivity compared to silica based one.

  15. Real-time monitoring system of composite aircraft wings utilizing Fibre Bragg Grating sensor

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    Vorathin, E.; Hafizi, Z. M.; Che Ghani, S. A.; Lim, K. S.

    2016-10-01

    Embedment of Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) sensor in composite aircraft wings leads to the advancement of structural condition monitoring. The monitored aircraft wings have the capability to give real-time response under critical loading circumstances. The main objective of this paper is to develop a real-time FBG monitoring system for composite aircraft wings to view real-time changes when the structure undergoes some static loadings and dynamic impact. The implementation of matched edge filter FBG interrogation system to convert wavelength variations to strain readings shows that the structure is able to response instantly in real-time when undergoing few loadings and dynamic impact. This smart monitoring system is capable of updating the changes instantly in real-time and shows the weight induced on the composite aircraft wings instantly without any error. It also has a good agreement with acoustic emission (AE) sensor in the dynamic test.

  16. Dynamic assessment of women pelvic floor function by using a fiber Bragg grating sensor system

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    Ferreira, Luis A.; Araújo, Francisco M.; Mascarenhas, Teresa; Natal Jorge, Renato M.; Fernandes, António A.

    2006-02-01

    We present a novel sensing system consisting of an intravaginal probe and an optoelectronic measurement unit, which allows an easy, comfortable and quantitative dynamic evaluation of women pelvic floor muscle strength. The sensing probe is based on a silicone cylinder that transduces radial muscle pressure into axial load applied to a fiber Bragg grating strain sensor. The performance of a first sensor probe prototype with temperature referentiation and of the autonomous, portable optoelectronic measurement unit with data logging capabilities and graphical user interface is disclosed. The presented results refer to an ongoing collaboration work between researchers from the Medical, Optoelectronics and Mechanical areas, directed to the development of equipment that can assist in medical practice and help in the research of primary mechanisms responsible for several pelvic floor disorders, in particular urogenital prolapses.

  17. Bridge structural health monitoring system using fiber grating sensors: development and preparation for a permanent installation

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    Calvert, Sean G.; Mooney, Jason

    2004-07-01

    Blue Road Research and the University of California at San Diego have been collaborating over the past four years to develop a system employing fiber Bragg grating strain sensors and modal analysis to provide real-time, quantitative information on a bridge"s response to a dynamic input (such as a seismic event), and a fast prediction of the structure"s integrity. This research, being funded by the National Science Foundation, has several publications showing its strong progress. In the latter part of 2004, this system will be installed on the Broadway Bridge in downtown Portland, Oregon, USA. In preparation for this deployment, the system is undergoing testing from the sensors through the readout unit and bridge modeling to ensure its performance once installed. The steps of preparation and testing are discussed here.

  18. Fiber Bragg Grating Based pH Sensor

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    Yulianti, Ian; Sahmah, Abu; Supa'at, M.; Idrus, M.; Kassim, Norazan M.; Al-hetar, Abdulaziz M.

    2011-05-01

    This paper demonstrates the modeling of pH sensor based on pH sensitive hydrogel coated FBG. The modeling was done by simulating the hydrogel swelling behavior, then calculating the strain induced by hydrogel expansion. Meshless numerical method was adopted to solve the Poison Nernst Planck equation coupled to mechanical equation to simulate the hydrogel swelling. The strain induced in the FBG due to mechanical expansion of hydrogel was calculated analytically. Strain of more than 10 μɛ was obtained at pH> 5. At pH of 5, λB shift of more than 10 pm was achieved.

  19. A study on intermediate buffer layer of coated Fiber Bragg Grating cryogenic temperature sensors

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    Freitas, R.; Araujo, F.; Araujo, J.; Neumann, H.; Ramalingam, R.

    2015-12-01

    The sensor characteristics of a coated Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) thermal sensor for cryogenic temperatures depends mainly on the coating materials. The sensitivity of the coated FBG can be improved by enhancing the effective thermal strain transfer between the different layers and the bare FBG. The dual coated FBG's has a primary layer and the secondary layer. The primary coating acts as an intermediate buffer between the secondary coating and the bare FBG. The outer secondary coating is normally made of metals with high thermal expansion coefficient. In this work, a detailed study is carried out on chromium and titanium intermediate buffer layers with various coating thicknesses and combinations. To improve the sensitivity, the secondary coating layer was tested with Indium, Lead and Tin. The sensors were then calibrated in a cryogenic temperature calibration facility at Institute of Technical Physics (ITEP), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The sensors were subjected to several thermal cycles between 4.2 and 80 K to study the sensor performance and its thermal characteristics. The sensor exhibits a Bragg wavelength shift of 13pm at 20K. The commercially available detection equipment with a resolution of 1pm can result in a temperature resolution of 0.076 K at 20K.

  20. Instrumentation of integrally stiffened composite panel with fiber Bragg grating sensors for vibration measurements

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    Oman, Kyle; Van Hoe, Bram; Aly, Karim; Peters, Kara; Van Steenberge, Geert; Stan, Nikola; Schultz, Stephen

    2015-08-01

    We evaluate the performance of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors for the measurement of dynamic strains in complex composite structures. The particular structure used in this study is an integrally stiffened composite panel for which the stiffeners and skin are fabricated in a single layup and cure process. Surface-mounted FBG sensors are bonded to the panels after curing, whereas embedded FBG sensors are successfully incorporated during the fabrication process. A finite element model was also constructed of the stiffened panel. The panels were subjected to repeated impacts and the post-impact vibration response of the panel was measured through the FBG sensor responses. Little change to the global response of the panel was observed after the repeated impacts, through the dynamic response of the surface-mounted FBGs. Pulsed phase thermography and micro-computer-tomography imaging of the panel confirmed that the damage was localized near the impact locations, producing negligible changes to the global response of the panel. All of the embedded FBG sensors survived the fabrication and multiple impacts; however, as these were embedded close to the neutral axis of the panel, they were not very sensitive to the vibration modes. Excitation of the panel near the first natural frequency did produce a measurable response in the FBG sensors, confirming their functionality.

  1. A non-contact fiber Bragg grating vibration sensor.

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    Li, Tianliang; Tan, Yuegang; Wei, Li; Zhou, Zude; Zheng, Kai; Guo, Yongxing

    2014-01-01

    A non-contact vibration sensor based on fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensing has been proposed and studied in this paper. The principle of the sensor as well as simulation and experimental analyses are introduced. When the distance between the movable head and the measured shaft changed, the diaphragm deformed under magnetic coupling of the permanent magnet on the measured magnetic shaft. As a result, the center wavelength of the FBG connected to the diaphragm changed, based on which the vibration displacement of the rotating shaft could be obtained. Experimental results show that the resonant frequency of the sensor is about 1500 Hz and the working band ranges within 0-1300 Hz, which is consistent with the simulation analysis result; the sensitivity is -1.694 pm/μm and the linearity is 2.92% within a range of 2-2.4 mm. It can be used to conduct non-contact measurement on the vibration of the rotating shaft system.

  2. Analysis of mechanical and thermal response of rock due to laser drilling using optical fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Quintero, Sully M. M.; Patusco, Guilherme B.; da Silva, Hugo G.; Furtado, Felipe O.; Valente, Luiz C. G.; Braga, Arthur M. B.

    2015-09-01

    Optical fiber Bragg grating sensors (FBGs) were used to measure strain and the temperature field that develop during laser drilling of carbonate rock samples. The shear deformation and high temperature gradient measured are clearly correlated with traces of fractures observed. Beyond the volume directly evaporated by laser exposure, a greater volume around the drilling area was fractured. From the perforation process point of view, it results in an increase of efficiency.

  3. Application of a Fiber Optic Distributed Strain Sensor System to Woven E-Glass Composite

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    Anastasi, Robert F.; Lopatin, Craig

    2001-01-01

    A distributed strain sensing system utilizing a series of identically written Bragg gratings along an optical fiber is examined for potential application to Composite Armored Vehicle health monitoring. A vacuum assisted resin transfer molding process was used to fabricate a woven fabric E-glass/composite panel with an embedded fiber optic strain sensor. Test samples machined from the panel were mechanically tested in 4-point bending. Experimental results are presented that show the mechanical strain from foil strain gages comparing well to optical strain from the embedded sensors. Also, it was found that the distributed strain along the sample length was consistent with the loading configuration.

  4. Residual internal stress optimization for EPON 828/DEA thermoset resin using fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Rohr, Garth D.; Rasberry, Roger D.; Kaczmarowski, Amy K.; Stavig, Mark E.; Gibson, Cory S.; Udd, Eric; Roach, Allen R.; Nation, Brendan

    2015-05-01

    Internal residual stresses and overall mechanical properties of thermoset resins are largely dictated by the curing process. It is well understood that fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors can be used to evaluate temperature and cure induced strain while embedded during curing. Herein, is an extension of this work whereby we use FBGs as a probe for minimizing the internal residual stress of an unfilled and filled Epon 828/DEA resin. Variables affecting stress including cure cycle, mold (release), and adhesion promoting additives will be discussed and stress measurements from a strain gauge pop-off test will be used as comparison. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  5. Simultaneous measurement of strain, temperature and refractive index based on multimode interference, fiber tapering and fiber Bragg gratings

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    Oliveira, Ricardo; Osório, Jonas H.; Aristilde, Stenio; Bilro, Lúcia; Nogueira, Rogerio N.; Cordeiro, Cristiano M. B.

    2016-07-01

    We report the development of an optical fiber sensor capable of simultaneously measuring strain, temperature and refractive index. The sensor is based on the combination of two fiber Bragg gratings written in a standard single-mode fiber, one in an untapered region and another in a tapered region, spliced to a no-core fiber. The possibility of simultaneously measuring three parameters relies on the different sensitivity responses of each part of the sensor. The results have shown the possibility of measuring three parameters simultaneously with a resolution of 3.77 μɛ, 1.36 °C and 5  ×  10-4, respectively for strain, temperature and refractive index. On top of the multiparameter ability, the simple production and combination of all the parts involved on this optical-fiber-based sensor is an attractive feature for several sensing applications.

  6. Moisture contamination detection in adhesive layer using embedded fibre Bragg grating sensors

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    Mieloszyk, Magdalena; Soman, Rohan; Bonilla Mora, Veronica; Ostachowicz, Wieslaw

    2017-04-01

    The paper presents an application of embedded fibre Bragg grating (FBG) sensors for moisture contamination detection in an adhesive layer between composite elements. Due to their high corrosion resistance as well as their small size and weight, FBG sensors are a great tool for Structural Health Monitoring of composite structures. Adhesive bonds are very popular in many industrial sectors (e.g. automotive, aerospace). One of the major problems limiting the use of adhesive joints is their sensitivity to moisture from its surroundings. Even 1% of moisture can negatively affect the adhesive bond layer. The experimental and numerical investigations were performed on two rectangular samples of two glass fibre reinforced composite elements bonded together using an adhesive commonly used in the bonding or repair of aircraft elements. Moisture contamination due to diffusion process changes the volumetric properties of the material induced strain. This strain was measured by FBG sensors embedded in the adhesive layer parallel to the main axis of the sample. The behaviour of the adhesive layer in the analysed sample was also modelled using the finite element commercial code ABAQUS. Numerical and experimental results confirm the utility of FBG sensors for moisture detection in the adhesive layer even when the amount of moisture is around 2% of the sample weight.

  7. An Intrusion Detection System for the Protection of Railway Assets Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Catalano, Angelo; Bruno, Francesco Antonio; Pisco, Marco; Cutolo, Antonello; Cusano, Andrea

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate the ability of Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs) sensors to protect large areas from unauthorized activities in railway scenarios such as stations or tunnels. We report on the technological strategy adopted to protect a specific depot, representative of a common scenario for security applications in the railway environment. One of the concerns in the protection of a railway area centers on the presence of rail-tracks, which cannot be obstructed with physical barriers. We propose an integrated optical fiber system composed of FBG strain sensors that can detect human intrusion for protection of the perimeter combined with FBG accelerometer sensors for protection of rail-track access. Several trials were carried out in indoor and outdoor environments. The results demonstrate that FBG strain sensors bonded under a ribbed rubber mat enable the detection of intruder break-in via the pressure induced on the mat, whereas the FBG accelerometers installed under the rails enable the detection of intruders walking close to the railroad tracks via the acoustic surface waves generated by footsteps. Based on a single enabling technology, this integrated system represents a valuable intrusion detection system for railway security and could be integrated with other sensing functionalities in the railway field using fiber optic technology. PMID:25268920

  8. An intrusion detection system for the protection of railway assets using Fiber Bragg Grating sensors.

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    Catalano, Angelo; Bruno, Francesco Antonio; Pisco, Marco; Cutolo, Antonello; Cusano, Andrea

    2014-09-29

    We demonstrate the ability of Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs) sensors to protect large areas from unauthorized activities in railway scenarios such as stations or tunnels. We report on the technological strategy adopted to protect a specific depot, representative of a common scenario for security applications in the railway environment. One of the concerns in the protection of a railway area centers on the presence of rail-tracks, which cannot be obstructed with physical barriers. We propose an integrated optical fiber system composed of FBG strain sensors that can detect human intrusion for protection of the perimeter combined with FBG accelerometer sensors for protection of rail-track access. Several trials were carried out in indoor and outdoor environments. The results demonstrate that FBG strain sensors bonded under a ribbed rubber mat enable the detection of intruder break-in via the pressure induced on the mat, whereas the FBG accelerometers installed under the rails enable the detection of intruders walking close to the railroad tracks via the acoustic surface waves generated by footsteps. Based on a single enabling technology, this integrated system represents a valuable intrusion detection system for railway security and could be integrated with other sensing functionalities in the railway field using fiber optic technology.

  9. Investigation and experimental measurement of scissor blade cutting forces using fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Callaghan, D. J.; Rajan, G.; McGrath, M. M.; Coyle, E.; Semenova, Y.; Farrell, G.

    2011-10-01

    This paper reports on unique and scalable sensorized medical scissor blades for application in minimally invasive robotic surgery. The blades exploit the strain sensing capabilities of a single fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor bonded to the blade surface. This smart sensing structure allows detection of friction and material fracture forces during cutting and subsequently enables accurate estimation of the blade kinetic friction coefficient and fracture toughness values of the material being cut. We present theory on the determination of strain variation along the blade length during combined direct and lateral loading of the blade element during operation. Demonstration of the sensorized instrument is realized on an application specific experimental test-bed employing a commercial interrogation system for signal demodulation. Friction and cutting forces measured using the FBG are validated against load cell force data from the test-bed. Characterization tests showed that the sensorized blade has an unfiltered force sensing resolution of 0.5 N over a 30 N load range. This work demonstrates that a single optical fiber placed onto cutting instrument blades can, in an unobtrusive manner, reliably measure friction forces and material fracture properties during surgical cutting.

  10. Fundamental understanding of piezoelectric strain sensors

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    Sirohi, Jayant; Chopra, Inderjit

    1999-06-01

    This paper investigates the behavior of piezoelectric elements as strain sensors. Strain is measured in terms of the charge generated by the element as a result of the direct piezoelectric effect. Strains from piezoceramic and piezofilm sensors are compared with strains from a conventional foil strain gage and the advantages of each type of sensor are discussed, along with their limitations. The sensors are surface bonded and are calibrated by means of a dynamic beam bending setup over a frequency range of 5 - 500 Hz. Correction factors to account for transverse strain and shear lag effects due to the bond layer are analytically derived and validated experimentally. Additionally, design of signal conditioning electronics to collect the signals from the piezoelectric sensors is addressed. The superior performance of piezoelectric sensors compared to conventional strain gages in terms of sensitivity and signal to noise ratio is demonstrated.

  11. Integrated microfluidic spectroscopic sensor using arrayed waveguide grating

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    Hu, Zhixiong; Glidle, Andrew; Ironside, Charles N.; Sorel, Marc; Strain, Michael; Cooper, Jonathan M.; Yin, Huabing

    2013-08-01

    With non-invasive properties and high sensitivities, portable optical biosensors are extremely desirable for point-of-care (POC) applications. Lab-on-a-chip technology such as microfluidics has been treated as an ideal approach to integrate complex sample processing and analysis units with optical detection elements. The work in this paper has developed an integrated dispersive component in combination with a microfluidic chip, providing a portable and inexpensive platform for on-chip spectroscopic sensing. We demonstrate an integrated microfluidic spectroscopic sensor by using an arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) device. In particular, a visible AWG device (λc=680nm) with chip size of 12.1mm by 1.5mm was designed and fabricated by employing flamed hydrolysis deposited (FHD) silica as the waveguide material. A straight input waveguide is used to perform device characterization while a perpendicular curved waveguide is employed to introduce laser excitation light. A polymer microfluidic chip is integrated with the AWG device by oxygen plasma bonding. To prove effectiveness of the integrated spectroscopic sensor, fluorescence spectrum of an organic fluorophore (Cy5) was tested. Reconstructed spectrum by using the AWG device is compared with the outcome from a conventional spectrometer and a good consistency is presented.

  12. Noncontact respiration-monitoring system using fiber grating sensor

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    Sato, Isao; Nakajima, Masato

    2004-10-01

    In this research, the new non-contact breathing motion monitoring system using Fiber Grating 3-dimension Sensor is used to measure the respiratory movement of the chest and the abdomen and the shape of the human body simultaneously. Respiratory trouble during sleep brings about various kinds of diseases. Particularly, Sleep Apnea Syndrome (SAS), which restricts respiration during sleep, has been in the spotlight in recent years. However, present equipment for analyzing the blessing motion requires attaching various sensors on the patient's body. This system adopted two CCD cameras to measure the movements of projected infrared bright spots on the patient's body which measure the body form, breathing motion of the chest and breathing motion of the abdomen in detail. Since the equipment does not contact the patient's body, the patient feels incompatibility, and there is no necessity to worry about the equipment coming off. Sleep Apnea Syndrome is classified into three types by their respiratory pattern-Obstructive, Central and Mixed SAS based on the characteristic. This paper reports the method of diagnosing SAS automatically. It is thought that this method will be helpful not only for the diagnosis of SAS but also for the diagnosis of other kinds of complicated respiratory disease.

  13. Microstructured optical fiber Bragg grating sensor for DNA detection

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    Candiani, A.; Giannetti, S.; Sozzi, M.; Coscelli, E.; Poli, F.; Cucinotta, A.; Bertucci, A.; Corradini, R.; Konstantaki, M.; Margulis, W.; Pissadakis, S.; Selleri, S.

    2013-03-01

    In this work the inner surface of a microstructured optical fiber, where a Bragg grating was previously inscribed, has been functionalized using peptide nucleic acid probe targeting a DNA sequence of the cystic fibrosis disease. The solution of DNA molecules, matched with the PNA probes, has been infiltrated inside the fiber capillaries and hybridization has been realized according to the Watson - Crick Model. In order to achieve signal amplification, oligonucleotide-functionalized gold nanoparticles were then infiltrated and used to form a sandwich-like system. Experimental measurements show a clear wavelength shift of the reflected high order mode for a 100 nM DNA solution. Several experiments have been carried out on the same fiber using the identical concentration, showing the same modulation and proving a good reproducibility of the results, suggesting the possibility of the reuse of the sensor. Measurements have been also made using a 100 nM mis-matched DNA solution, containing a single nucleotide polymorphism, demonstrating the high selectivity of the sensor.

  14. Distinguishable circumferential inclined direction tilt sensor based on fiber Bragg grating with wide measuring range and high accuracy

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    Jiang, Shanchao; Wang, Jing; Sui, Qingmei

    2015-11-01

    One novel distinguishable circumferential inclined direction tilt sensor is demonstrated by incorporating two strain sensitivity fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) with two orthogonal triangular cantilever beam and using one fiber Bragg grating (FBG) as temperature compensation element. According to spatial vector and space geometry, theory calculation model of the proposed FBG tilt sensor which can be used to obtain the azimuth and tile angle of the inclined direction is established. To obtain its measuring characteristics, calibration experiment on one prototype of the proposed FBG tilt sensor is carried out. After temperature sensitivity experiment data analysis, the proposed FBG tilt sensor exhibits excellent temperature compensation characteristics. In 2-D tilt angle experiment, tilt measurement sensitivities of these two strain sensitivity FBGs are 140.85°/nm and 101.01°/nm over a wide range of 60º. Further, azimuth and tile angle of the inclined direction can be obtained by the proposed FBG tilt sensor which is verified in circumferential angle experiment. Experiment data show that relative errors of azimuth are 0.55% (positive direction) and 1.14% (negative direction), respectively, and relative errors of tilt angle are all less than 3%. Experiment results confirm that the proposed distinguishable circumferential inclined direction tilt sensor based on FBG can achieve azimuth and tile angle measurement with wide measuring range and high accuracy.

  15. Material approaches to stretchable strain sensors.

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    Park, Jaeyoon; You, Insang; Shin, Sangbaie; Jeong, Unyong

    2015-04-27

    With the recent progress made in wearable electronics, devices now require high flexibility and stretchability up to large strain levels (typically larger than 30 % strain). Wearable strain sensors or deformable strain sensors have been gaining increasing research interest because of the rapid development of electronic skins and robotics and because of their biomedical applications. Conventional brittle strain sensors made of metals and piezoresistors are not applicable for such stretchable sensors. This Review summarizes recent advances in stretchable sensors and focuses on material aspects for high stretchability and sensitivity. It begins with a brief introduction to the Wheatstone bridge circuit of conventional resistive strain sensors. Then, studies on the manipulation of materials are reviewed, including waved structural approaches for making metals and semiconductors stretchable, the use of liquid metals, and conductive filler/elastomer composites by using percolation among the fillers. For capacitive strain sensors, the constant conductivity of the electrode is a key factor in obtaining reliable sensors. Possible approaches to developing capacitive strain sensors are presented. This Review concludes with a discussion on the major challenges and perspectives related to stretchable strain sensors. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Longitudinal strain sensing with photonic crystal fibers and fiber Bragg gratings

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    Tenderenda, T.; Murawski, M.; Szymanski, M.; Szostkiewicz, L.; Becker, M.; Rothhardt, M.; Bartelt, H.; Mergo, P.; Poturaj, Kl; Makara, M.; Skorupski, K.; Marc, P.; Jaroszewicz, L. R.; Nasilowski, T.

    2014-03-01

    Photonic crystal fibers (PCF), sometimes also referred to as microstructured fibers (MSF), have been a subject of extensive research for over a decade. This is mainly due to the fact that by changing the geometry and distribution of the air holes the fiber properties can be significantly modified and tailored to specific applications. In this paper we present the results of a numerical analysis of the influence of the air-hole distribution on the sensitivity of the propagated modes' effective refractive index to externally applied longitudinal strain. We propose an optimal strain sensitive fiber design, with a number of fibers drawn and experimentally evaluated to confirm the theoretical results. Furthermore as the direct measurement of the effective refractive index change may be complex and challenging in field environment, we propose to use fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) in our sensing set-up. As the Bragg wavelength is a function of the effective refractive index, the external strain changes can be monitored through the Bragg wavelength shift with a simple optical spectrometer. Moreover, since the PCF is also optimized for low-loss splicing with standard single mode fiber, our novel sensor head can be used with standard off-the-shelf components in complex multiplexed sensing arrays, with the measured signal transmitted to and from the sensor head by standard telecom fibers, which significantly reduces costs.

  17. Strain sensor comprising a strain sensitive, two-mode optical

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    Egalon, Claudio Oliveira (Inventor); Rogowski, Robert S. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A strain sensor uses an optical fiber including a strain sensitive portion and at least one strain insensitive portion. The strain sensitive portion is mounted on the surface of a structure at a location where a strain is desired to be measured. The strain insensitive portion(s) may be fused to the strain sensitive portion to transmit light therethrough, so that the resulting pattern may be detected to determine the amount of strain by comparison with a similar fiber not subjected to strain, or with the light pattern produced when the fiber is not under strain.

  18. Highly stretchable miniature strain sensor for large dynamic strain measurement

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    Song, Bo; Yao, Shurong; Nie, Xu; Yu, Xun; Blecke, Jill

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a new type of highly stretchable strain sensor was developed to measure large strains. The sensor was based on the piezo-resistive response of carbon nanotube (CNT)/polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite thin films. The piezo-resistive response of CNT composite gives accurate strain measurement with high frequency response, while the ultra-soft PDMS matrix provides high flexibility and ductility for large strain measurement. Experimental results show that the CNT/PDMS sensor measures large strains (up to 8 %) with an excellent linearity and a fast frequency response. The new miniature strain sensor also exhibits much higher sensitivities than the conventional foil strain gages, as its gauge factor is 500 times of that of the conventional foil strain gages.

  19. Highly stretchable miniature strain sensor for large dynamic strain measurement

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    Song, Bo; Yao, Shurong; Nie, Xu; ...

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a new type of highly stretchable strain sensor was developed to measure large strains. The sensor was based on the piezo-resistive response of carbon nanotube (CNT)/polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite thin films. The piezo-resistive response of CNT composite gives accurate strain measurement with high frequency response, while the ultra-soft PDMS matrix provides high flexibility and ductility for large strain measurement. Experimental results show that the CNT/PDMS sensor measures large strains (up to 8 %) with an excellent linearity and a fast frequency response. The new miniature strain sensor also exhibits much higher sensitivities than the conventional foil strain gages,more » as its gauge factor is 500 times of that of the conventional foil strain gages.« less

  20. Dependence of measurement accuracy on the birefringence of PANDA fiber Bragg gratings in distributed simultaneous strain and temperature sensing.

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    Zhu, Mengshi; Murayama, Hideaki; Wada, Daichi; Kageyama, Kazuro

    2017-02-20

    By both simulation and experiment, we studied the relationship of the measurement accuracy and the birefringence of the distributed simultaneous strain and temperature sensor using polarization-maintaining fiber Bragg gratings (PANDA-FBGs). The PANDA-FBGs were applied to an optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR) which is capable of distributed measurement at high spatial resolution and sampling rate. The simulated results had agreement with the experimental results that the measurement accuracy of both strain and temperature were improved by increasing the birefringence. Additionally, the efficiency of the accuracy improvements decreased when accuracy increased.

  1. Parallel demodulation system and signal-processing method for extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer and fiber Bragg grating sensors.

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    Jiang, Junfeng; Liu, Tiegen; Zhang, Yimo; Liu, Lina; Zha, Ying; Zhang, Fan; Wang, Yunxin; Long, Pin

    2005-03-15

    A parallel demodulation system for extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer (EFPI) and fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors is presented that is based on a Michelson interferometer and combines the methods of low-coherence interference and Fourier transform spectrum. Signals from EFPI and FBG sensors are obtained simultaneously by scanning one arm of a Michelson interferometer, and an algorithm model is established to process the signals and retrieve both the wavelength of the FBG and the cavity length of the EFPI at the same time, which are then used to determine the strain and temperature.

  2. Micrometric Position Monitoring Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors in Silicon Detectors

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    Basile, E.; Bellucci, F.; Benussi, L.; Bertani, M.; Bianco, S.; Caponero, M. A.; Colonna, D.; di Falco, F.; Fabbri, F. L.; Felli, F.; Giardoni, M.; La Monaca, A.; Massa, F.; Mensitieri, G.; Ortenzi, B.; Pallotta, M.; Paolozzi, A.; Passamonti, L.; Pierluigi, D.; Pucci, C.; Russo, A.; Saviano, G.

    2006-04-01

    We show R&D results including long term stability, resolution, radiation hardness and characterization of Fiber Bragg Grating sensors used to monitor structure deformation, repositioning, and surveying of silicon detectors in High Energy Physics.

  3. A temperature compensated fibre Bragg grating (FBG)-based sensor system for condition monitoring of electrified railway pantograph

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    Chen, Ye; Vidakovic, Miodrag; Fabian, Matthias; Swift, Martin; Brun, Lee; Sun, Tong; Grattan, Kenneth T. V.

    2017-04-01

    This paper presents the results obtained from fibre Bragg grating (FBG) sensors integrated into a railway current-collecting pantograph for accurate measurement of contact force and contact location when it is subjected to various temperature conditions. The temperature change of the pantograph is simulated, at the industrial laboratory of Brecknell Willis in the UK, by changing the DC current applied to pantograph from 0 to 1500 A. This test is primarily designed to verify the effectiveness of the temperature compensation mechanism built in the FBG sensor design. For this verification, 3 thermocouples co-located with the FBG sensor packages are used to measure the temperature change seen from 25 °C to 55 °C. The tests were repeated several times and the sensor system has shown its temperatureindependence, confirming that the intrinsic cross-sensitivity of FBGs to temperature variation for strain measurement has been fully compensated through the use of this innovative sensor design and data processing.

  4. Fabrication of Bragg grating sensors in UV-NIL structured Ormocer waveguides

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    Girschikofsky, Maiko; Förthner, Michael; Rommel, Mathias; Frey, Lothar; Hellmann, Ralf

    2017-02-01

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of Bragg gratings in UV-NIL structured Ormocer hybrid polymer rib-type waveguides using phase mask technology. The influence of fabrication parameters such as the applied laser fluence during the inscription process and the grating's length on the spectral behavior of the waveguide Bragg gratings was experimentally determined and compared to numerical simulations and calculations. To investigate potential sensor applications, the sensitivity of the thus fabricated optical devices towards refractive index changes of the gratings' surrounding (qualification for bio- and chemical sensing) as well as the sensitivity towards temperature and relative humidity were determined.

  5. Experimental investigation on mass flow rate measurements using fibre Bragg grating sensors

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    Thekkethil, S. R.; Thomas, R. J.; Neumann, H.; Ramalingam, R.

    2017-02-01

    Flow measurement and control of cryogens is one of the major requirements of systems such as superconductor magnets for fusion reactors, MRI magnets etc. They can act as an early diagnostic tool for detection of any faults and ensure correct distribution of cooling load while also accessing thermal performance of the devices. Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors provide compact and accurate measurement systems which have added advantages such as immunity towards electrical and magnetic interference, low attenuation losses and remote sensing. This paper summarizes the initial experimental investigations and calibration of a novel FBG based mass flow meter. This design utilizes the viscous drag due to the flow to induce a bending strain on the fibre. The strain experienced by the fibre will be proportional to the flowrate and can be measured in terms of Bragg wavelength shift. The flowmeter is initially tested at atmospheric conditions using helium. The results are summarized and the performance parameters of the sensor are estimated. The results were also compared to a numerical model and further results for liquid helium is also reported. An overall sensitivity of 29 pm.(g.s-1)-1 was obtained for a helium flow, with a resolution of 0.2 g.s-1. A hysteresis error of 8 pm was also observed during load-unload cycles. The sensor is suitable for further tests using cryogens.

  6. Wide dynamic range wavefront sensor using sub-wavelength grating array

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    Liang, Xiaobin; Li, Yanqiu; Liu, Ke

    2015-07-01

    We propose a new zonal wavefront sensor with a very wide dynamic range. The proposed sensor uses a sub-wavelength grating array to subdivide the input wavefront and produce transmitted light spots on CCD. The wavefront tilts are calculated from the transmissions of a sub-wavelength grating array. The dynamic range and resolution of the proposed sensor are respectively decided by the grating parameters and the sub-unit size of the array. So these two performances of the sensor are independent of one another, which enables the realization of wide dynamic range and high resolution simultaneously. We introduce the principle of the sensor by both Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis and Finite-Difference Time-Domain methods. A simulation is designed to validate our proposed method, and the measurement errors are analyzed. The sensor performs good sensitivity for wide incident angles, which is particularly suitable for spherical input wavefront.

  7. Nickel plating of FBG strain sensors for nuclear applications

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    Perry, Marcus; Niewczas, Pawel; Johnston, Michael; Mackersie, John

    2011-05-01

    We present a method for plating FBG strain sensors with a strongly-bonded, hermetic nickel layer, without exposure of the fiber to corrosive environments. A 1μm thick, highly adhesive chrome layer is deposited onto bare fibers via evaporation. Addition of an inert and electrically conductive gold layer then allows the fiber to be electroplated with a 50-100μm nickel layer. Finite element models have confirmed that nickel plated FBG sensors can be brazed into steel structures and used to monitor local strain and temperature. Embedding gratings that are temperature and radiation resistant will be particularly applicable to the structural health monitoring of steel prestressing tendons used in the concrete containments of nuclear power plants and other safety-significant structures.

  8. Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors toward Structural Health Monitoring in Composite Materials: Challenges and Solutions

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    Kinet, Damien; Mégret, Patrice; Goossen, Keith W.; Qiu, Liang; Heider, Dirk; Caucheteur, Christophe

    2014-01-01

    Nowadays, smart composite materials embed miniaturized sensors for structural health monitoring (SHM) in order to mitigate the risk of failure due to an overload or to unwanted inhomogeneity resulting from the fabrication process. Optical fiber sensors, and more particularly fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors, outperform traditional sensor technologies, as they are lightweight, small in size and offer convenient multiplexing capabilities with remote operation. They have thus been extensively associated to composite materials to study their behavior for further SHM purposes. This paper reviews the main challenges arising from the use of FBGs in composite materials. The focus will be made on issues related to temperature-strain discrimination, demodulation of the amplitude spectrum during and after the curing process as well as connection between the embedded optical fibers and the surroundings. The main strategies developed in each of these three topics will be summarized and compared, demonstrating the large progress that has been made in this field in the past few years. PMID:24763215

  9. Embedded Fibre Bragg Grating Sensor Response Model: Crack Growing Detection in Fibre Reinforced Plastic Materials

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    Pereira, G.; Mikkelsen, L. P.; McGugan, M.

    2015-07-01

    This article presents a novel method to simulate the sensor output response of a Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) sensor when embedded in a host material (Composite material or adhesive), during a crack growing/damage event. A finite element model of the crack growth mechanisms was developed, and different fracture modes were addressed. Then an output algorithm was developed to predict the sensor spectrum change during the different stages of the crack growing. Thus, it is possible to identify specific phenomenon that will only happen within the proximity of a crack, as compression field ahead the crack or non-uniform strain, and then identify the presence of such damage in the structure. Experimental tests were conducted in order to validate this concept and support the model. The FBG sensor response model was applied in a delamination of a Wind Turbine trailing edge, to demonstrate the applicability of this technique to more complicated structures, and to be used as a structural health monitoring design tool.

  10. Fiber Optic Bragg Grating Sensors for Thermographic Detection of Subsurface Anomalies

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    Allison, Sidney G.; Winfree, William P.; Wu, Meng-Chou

    2009-01-01

    Conventional thermography with an infrared imager has been shown to be an extremely viable technique for nondestructively detecting subsurface anomalies such as thickness variations due to corrosion. A recently developed technique using fiber optic sensors to measure temperature holds potential for performing similar inspections without requiring an infrared imager. The structure is heated using a heat source such as a quartz lamp with fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors at the surface of the structure to detect temperature. Investigated structures include a stainless steel plate with thickness variations simulated by small platelets attached to the back side using thermal grease. A relationship is shown between the FBG sensor thermal response and variations in material thickness. For comparison, finite element modeling was performed and found to agree closely with the fiber optic thermography results. This technique shows potential for applications where FBG sensors are already bonded to structures for Integrated Vehicle Health Monitoring (IVHM) strain measurements and can serve dual-use by also performing thermographic detection of subsurface anomalies.

  11. A fiber Bragg grating--bimetal temperature sensor for solar panel inverters.

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    Ismail, Mohd Afiq; Tamchek, Nizam; Hassan, Muhammad Rosdi Abu; Dambul, Katrina D; Selvaraj, Jeyrai; Rahim, Nasrudin Abd; Sandoghchi, Reza; Adikan, Faisal Rafiq Mahamd

    2011-01-01

    This paper reports the design, characterization and implementation of a fiber Bragg grating (FBG)-based temperature sensor for an insulted-gate Bipolar transistor (IGBT) in a solar panel inverter. The FBG is bonded to the higher coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) side of a bimetallic strip to increase its sensitivity. Characterization results show a linear relationship between increasing temperature and the wavelength shift. It is found that the sensitivity of the sensor can be categorized into three characterization temperature regions between 26 °C and 90 °C. The region from 41 °C to 90 °C shows the highest sensitivity, with a value of 14 pm/°C. A new empirical model that considers both temperature and strain effects has been developed for the sensor. Finally, the FBG-bimetal temperature sensor is placed in a solar panel inverter and results confirm that it can be used for real-time monitoring of the IGBT temperature.

  12. Optimization of a fiber grating film sensor based on dual peak resonance

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    Gu, Zheng-Tian; Xu, Yan-Ping; Deng, Chuan-Lu

    2008-03-01

    Based on the dual peak resonance of long-period fiber grating(LPFG), a novel film sensor is presented, in which films sensitive to the surrounding gases are coated on the cladding of the fiber grating region, and the intervals of the dual peak resonant wavelengths change with the film refractive index. According to the coupled-mode theory, a triple-clad numerical model is developed to analyze the relation between the sensitivity S n and the thin film optical parameters (the film thickness h 3 and the refractive index n 3) and the fiber grating parameters (the grating period Λ and the core index modulation σ). By using optimization method, the optimal film optical parameters and the grating structure parameters are obtained. Numerical simulation shows that the sensitivity of this scheme to refractive index of the films is predicted to be more than 10-7. The theoretic analysis provides straightforward foundation for the actual highly sensitive film sensors.

  13. Highly sensitive fiber grating chemical sensors: An effective alternative to atomic absorption spectroscopy

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    Laxmeshwar, Lata. S.; Jadhav, Mangesh S.; Akki, Jyoti. F.; Raikar, Prasad; Kumar, Jitendra; prakash, Om; Raikar, U. S.

    2017-06-01

    Accuracy in quantitative determination of trace elements like Zinc, present in drinking water in ppm level, is a big challenge and optical fiber gratings as chemical sensors may provide a promising solution to overcome the same. This paper presents design of two simple chemical sensors based on the principle of shift in characteristic wavelength of gratings with change in their effective refractive index, to measure the concentration of Zinc in drinking water using etched short period grating (FBG) and Long period grating (LPG) respectively. Three samples of drinking water from different places have been examined for presence of Zinc. Further, the results obtained by our sensors have also been verified with the results obtained by a standard method, Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). The whole experiment has been performed by fixing the fibers in a horizontal position with the sensor regions at the center of the fibers, making it less prone to disturbance and breaking. The sensitivity of LPG sensor is about 205 times that of the FBG sensor. A few advantages of Fiber grating sensors, besides their regular features, over AAS have also been discussed, that make our sensors potential alternatives for existing techniques in determination of trace elements in drinking water.

  14. The experimental evaluation of FBG sensors for strain measurement of prestressed steel strand

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    Li, Enbang; Xi, Jiangtao; Chicharo, Joe F.; Liu, Tiegen; Li, Xin; Jiang, Junfeng; Li, Lina; Wang, Yunxin; Zhang, Yimo

    2005-02-01

    Multi-wire steel strands have been widely used in various prestressed concrete structures. In this study, experimental evaluation of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors for strain measurements in a seven-wire prestressed steel strand has been carried out. An installation technique of FBG sensors has been developed to fulfill the special requirements of the prestressed steel strand. The experiment results show that fiber Bragg gratings can represent the overall stress of the prestressed steel strand without being affected by the specific structure of the strand when it is only fixed on one wire. It is also demonstrated that the maximum strain that the FBG sensor can measure is 6260 μɛ, while the prestressed steel strand usually endures the strain greater than 10000 μɛ. This means that an offset of about 4000 μɛ is necessary to measure the maximum strain that the strand could experience in its applications.

  15. Sensor for Measuring Strain in Textile

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    Mattmann, Corinne; Clemens, Frank; Tröster, Gerhard

    2008-01-01

    In this paper a stain sensor to measure large strain (80%) in textiles is presented. It consists of a mixture of 50wt-% thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) and 50wt-% carbon black particles and is fiber-shaped with a diameter of 0.315mm. The attachment of the sensor to the textile is realized using a silicone film. This sensor configuration was characterized using a strain tester and measuring the resistance (extension-retraction cycles): It showed a linear resistance response to strain, a small hysteresis, no ageing effects and a small dependance on the strain velocity. The total mean error caused by all these effects was ±5.5% in strain. Washing several times in a conventional washing machine did not influence the sensor properties. The paper finishes by showing an example application where 21 strain sensors were integrated into a catsuit. With this garment, 27 upper body postures could be recognized with an accuracy of 97%. PMID:27879904

  16. A Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor Interrogation System Based on a Linearly Wavelength-Swept Thermo-Optic Laser Chip

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    Lee, Hyung-Seok; Lee, Hwi Don; Kim, Hyo Jin; Cho, Jae Du; Jeong, Myung Yung; Kim, Chang-Seok

    2014-01-01

    A linearized wavelength-swept thermo-optic laser chip was applied to demonstrate a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor interrogation system. A broad tuning range of 11.8 nm was periodically obtained from the laser chip for a sweep rate of 16 Hz. To measure the linear time response of the reflection signal from the FBG sensor, a programmed driving signal was directly applied to the wavelength-swept laser chip. The linear wavelength response of the applied strain was clearly extracted with an R-squared value of 0.99994. To test the feasibility of the system for dynamic measurements, the dynamic strain was successfully interrogated with a repetition rate of 0.2 Hz by using this FBG sensor interrogation system. PMID:25177803

  17. Highly sensitive fiber loop ringdown strain sensor with low temperature sensitivity

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    Ghimire, Maheshwar; Wang, Chuji

    2017-10-01

    We report a highly sensitive strain sensor with low temperature sensitivity based on the fiber loop ringdown technique. An innovative approach that employs a micro air-gap as the strain sensor head is described. The sensor has demonstrated the static strain sensitivity of 0.26 µs/µε, corresponding to the detection limit of 65 nε with the low temperature cross sensitivity of 37 nε/°C. This is the highest static strain sensitivity achieved without using a combination of fiber optic sensing components, such as fiber Bragg gratings or Fabry–Perot interferometers. Moreover, the sensor design allows the strain sensitivity and measuring range to be adjusted by changing the length of the sensor.

  18. Aerosol printed carbon nanotube strain sensor

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    Thompson, Bradley; Yoon, Hwan-Sik

    2012-04-01

    In recent years, printed electronics have received attention as a method to produce low-cost macro electronics on flexible substrates. In this regard, inkjet and aerosol printing have been the primary printing methods for producing passive electrical components, transistors, and a number of sensors. In this research, a custom aerosol printer was utilized to create a strain sensor capable of measuring static and dynamic strain. The proposed sensor was created by aerosol printing a multiwall carbon nanotube solution onto an aluminum beam covered with an insulating layer. After printing the carbon nanotube-based sensor, the sensor was tested under quasi-static and vibration strain conditions, and the results are presented. The results show that the printed sensor could potentially serve as an effective method for measuring dynamic strain of structural components.

  19. Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor System for Monitoring Smart Composite Aerospace Structures

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    Moslehi, Behzad; Black, Richard J.; Gowayed, Yasser

    2012-01-01

    Lightweight, electromagnetic interference (EMI) immune, fiber-optic, sensor- based structural health monitoring (SHM) will play an increasing role in aerospace structures ranging from aircraft wings to jet engine vanes. Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors for SHM include advanced signal processing, system and damage identification, and location and quantification algorithms. Potentially, the solution could be developed into an autonomous onboard system to inspect and perform non-destructive evaluation and SHM. A novel method has been developed to massively multiplex FBG sensors, supported by a parallel processing interrogator, which enables high sampling rates combined with highly distributed sensing (up to 96 sensors per system). The interrogation system comprises several subsystems. A broadband optical source subsystem (BOSS) and routing and interface module (RIM) send light from the interrogation system to a composite embedded FBG sensor matrix, which returns measurand-dependent wavelengths back to the interrogation system for measurement with subpicometer resolution. In particular, the returned wavelengths are channeled by the RIM to a photonic signal processing subsystem based on powerful optical chips, then passed through an optoelectronic interface to an analog post-detection electronics subsystem, digital post-detection electronics subsystem, and finally via a data interface to a computer. A range of composite structures has been fabricated with FBGs embedded. Stress tensile, bending, and dynamic strain tests were performed. The experimental work proved that the FBG sensors have a good level of accuracy in measuring the static response of the tested composite coupons (down to submicrostrain levels), the capability to detect and monitor dynamic loads, and the ability to detect defects in composites by a variety of methods including monitoring the decay time under different dynamic loading conditions. In addition to quasi-static and dynamic load monitoring, the

  20. Application of High-Temperature Extrinsic Fabry-Perot Interferometer Strain Sensor

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    Piazza, Anthony

    2008-01-01

    In this presentation to the NASA Aeronautics Sensor Working Group the application of a strain sensor is outlined. The high-temperature extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer (EFPI) strain sensor was developed due to a need for robust strain sensors that operate accurately and reliably beyond 1800 F. Specifically, the new strain sensor would provide data for validating finite element models and thermal-structural analyses. Sensor attachment techniques were also developed to improve methods of handling and protecting the fragile sensors during the harsh installation process. It was determined that thermal sprayed attachments are preferable even though cements are simpler to apply as cements are more prone to bond failure and are often corrosive. Previous thermal/mechanical cantilever beam testing of EFPI yielded very little change to 1200 F, with excellent correlation with SG to 550 F. Current combined thermal/mechanical loading for sensitivity testing is accomplished by a furnace/cantilever beam loading system. Dilatometer testing has can also be used in sensor characterization to evaluate bond integrity, evaluate sensitivity and accuracy and to evaluate sensor-to-sensor scatter, repeatability, hysteresis and drift. Future fiber optic testing will examine single-mode silica EFPIs in a combined thermal/mechanical load fixture on C-C and C-SiC substrates, develop a multi-mode Sapphire strain-sensor, test and evaluate high-temperature fiber Bragg Gratings for use as strain and temperature sensors and attach and evaluate a high-temperature heat flux gauge.

  1. Composite Shell Strain Detection for SRM Based on Optical Fiber Sensors

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    Zhang, Lei; Chang, Xin-Long; Zhang, You-hong; Chen, Xiang-dong

    2017-06-01

    As a new passive sensor, fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors have provided a new idea for the SRM shell damage detection, which is to integrate the FBG sensor network in the material interior or to the surface to monitor the shell structure. However, it is difficult to embed the FBG sensor in filament wound composite material structure for the reason of large tension and high temperature in process of manufacture. Therefore we propose a new method that embed FBG sensor network between the composite shell surface and the thermal protective coating. The calibration of sensor is presented by tensile test and the strain transfer coefficient is gotten. It is certified by the hydrostatic test that the FBG sensors could precisely describe the strain variation and distribution of the composite shell and effectively improve the survival rate by embedding the FBG sensors between the composite shell surface and the thermal protective coating.

  2. Application of fibre Bragg grating sensors for structural health monitoring of an adaptive wing

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    Mieloszyk, M.; Skarbek, L.; Krawczuk, M.; Ostachowicz, W.; Zak, A.

    2011-12-01

    This paper presents the concept of application of fibre Bragg grating (FBG) sensors for structural health monitoring (SHM) of an adaptive wing. In this concept, the shape of the wing is controlled and altered due to the wing design and the use of integrated shape memory alloy (SMA) actuators. FBG sensors are great tools for controlling the condition of composite structures due to their immunity to electromagnetic fields as well as their small size and weight. They can be mounted onto the surface or embedded into the wing skin without any significant influence on the wing strength. In the first part of the paper a determination of the twisting moments produced by activation of the SMA actuators is presented. As a first step, a numerical analysis using a finite element method (FEM) commercial code ABAQUS® is presented. Then a comparison between strain values measured by FBG sensors and determined numerically is used for determination of the real value of the activation moment of every SMA actuator. Two types of damage scenarios are analysed and discussed in the paper. The first scenario is reduction of the twisting moment values produced by one of the SMA actuators. The second scenario is outer skin damage. In both damage scenarios, a neural network is used for damage detection and localization.

  3. Cuspal Displacement Induced by Bulk Fill Resin Composite Polymerization: Biomechanical Evaluation Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors.

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    Vinagre, Alexandra; Ramos, João; Alves, Sofia; Messias, Ana; Alberto, Nélia; Nogueira, Rogério

    2016-01-01

    Polymerization shrinkage is a major concern to the clinical success of direct composite resin restorations. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of polymerization shrinkage strain of two resin composites on cuspal movement based on the use of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors. Twenty standardized Class II cavities prepared in upper third molars were allocated into two groups (n = 10). Restorations involved the bulk fill placement of conventional microhybrid resin composite (Esthet•X® HD, Dentsply DeTrey) (Group 1) or flowable "low-shrinkage" resin composite (SDR™, Dentsply DeTrey) (Group 2). Two FBG sensors were used per restoration for real-time measurement of cuspal linear deformation and temperature variation. Group comparisons were determined using ANCOVA (α = 0.05) considering temperature as the covariate. A statistically significant correlation between cuspal deflection, time, and material was observed (p < 0.01). Cuspal deflection reached 8.8 μm (0.23%) and 7.8 μm (0.20%) in Groups 1 and 2, respectively. When used with bulk fill technique, flowable resin composite SDR™ induced significantly less cuspal deflection than the conventional resin composite Esthet•X® HD (p = 0.015) and presented a smoother curve slope during the polymerization. FBG sensors appear to be a valid tool for accurate real-time monitoring of cuspal deformation.

  4. Cuspal Displacement Induced by Bulk Fill Resin Composite Polymerization: Biomechanical Evaluation Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Ramos, João; Alves, Sofia; Nogueira, Rogério

    2016-01-01

    Polymerization shrinkage is a major concern to the clinical success of direct composite resin restorations. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of polymerization shrinkage strain of two resin composites on cuspal movement based on the use of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors. Twenty standardized Class II cavities prepared in upper third molars were allocated into two groups (n = 10). Restorations involved the bulk fill placement of conventional microhybrid resin composite (Esthet•X® HD, Dentsply DeTrey) (Group 1) or flowable “low-shrinkage” resin composite (SDR™, Dentsply DeTrey) (Group 2). Two FBG sensors were used per restoration for real-time measurement of cuspal linear deformation and temperature variation. Group comparisons were determined using ANCOVA (α = 0.05) considering temperature as the covariate. A statistically significant correlation between cuspal deflection, time, and material was observed (p < 0.01). Cuspal deflection reached 8.8 μm (0.23%) and 7.8 μm (0.20%) in Groups 1 and 2, respectively. When used with bulk fill technique, flowable resin composite SDR™ induced significantly less cuspal deflection than the conventional resin composite Esthet•X® HD (p = 0.015) and presented a smoother curve slope during the polymerization. FBG sensors appear to be a valid tool for accurate real-time monitoring of cuspal deformation. PMID:27190517

  5. Fabrication and characterization of metal-packaged fiber Bragg grating sensor by one-step ultrasonic welding

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    Zhang, Yumin; Zhu, Lianqing; Luo, Fei; Dong, Mingli; Ding, Xiangdong; He, Wei

    2016-06-01

    A metallic packaging technique of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors is developed for measurement of strain and temperature, and it can be simply achieved via one-step ultrasonic welding. The average strain transfer rate of the metal-packaged sensor is theoretically evaluated by a proposed model aiming at surface-bonded metallic packaging FBG. According to analytical results, the metallic packaging shows higher average strain transfer rate compared with traditional adhesive packaging under the same packaging conditions. Strain tests are performed on an elaborate uniform strength beam for both tensile and compressive strains; strain sensitivities of approximately 1.16 and 1.30 pm/μɛ are obtained for the tensile and compressive situations, respectively. Temperature rising and cooling tests are also executed from 50°C to 200°C, and the sensitivity of temperature is 36.59 pm/°C. All the measurements of strain and temperature exhibit good linearity and stability. These results demonstrate that the metal-packaged sensors can be successfully fabricated by one-step welding technique and provide great promise for long-term and high-precision structural health monitoring.

  6. Dual fiber Bragg gratings configuration-based fiber acoustic sensor for low-frequency signal detection

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    Yang, Dong; Wang, Shun; Lu, Ping; Liu, Deming

    2014-11-01

    We propose and fabricate a new type fiber acoustic sensor based on dual fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) configuration. The acoustic sensor head is constructed by putting the sensing cells enclosed in an aluminum cylinder space built by two Cband FBGs and a titanium diaphragm of 50 um thickness. One end of each FBG is longitudinally adhered to the diaphragm by UV glue. Both of the two FBGs are employed for reflecting light. The dual FBGs play roles not only as signal transmission system but also as sensing component, and they demodulate each other's optical signal mutually during the measurement. Both of the two FBGs are pre-strained and the output optical power experiences fluctuation in a linear relationship along with a variation of axial strain and surrounding acoustic interference. So a precise approach to measure the frequency and sound pressure of the acoustic disturbance is achieved. Experiments are performed and results show that a relatively flat frequency response in a range from 200 Hz to 1 kHz with the average signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) above 21 dB is obtained. The maximum sound pressure sensitivity of 11.35mV/Pa is achieved with the Rsquared value of 0.99131 when the sound pressure in the range of 87.7-106.6dB. It has potential applications in low frequency signal detection. Owing to its direct self-demodulation method, the sensing system reveals the advantages of easy to demodulate, good temperature stability and measurement reliability. Besides, performance of the proposed sensor could be improved by optimizing the parameters of the sensor, especially the diaphragm.

  7. Ultra-high-resolution large-dynamic-range optical fiber static strain sensor using Pound-Drever-Hall technique.

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    Liu, Qingwen; Tokunaga, Tomochika; He, Zuyuan

    2011-10-15

    We report the realization of a fiber-optic static strain sensor with ultrahigh resolution and large dynamic range for the applications of geophysical research. The sensor consists of a pair of fiber-Bragg-grating-based Fabry-Perot interferometers as sensor heads for strain sensing and reference, respectively. The Pound-Drever-Hall technique is employed to interrogate the sensor heads, and a cross-correlation algorithm is used to figure out the strain information with high precision. Static strain resolution down to 5.8 nanostrains is demonstrated. The dynamic range can be extended up to hundreds of microstrains, and the measuring period is a few tens of seconds.

  8. Development of hydrogen sensors based on fiber Bragg grating with a palladium foil for online dissolved gas analysis in transformers

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    Fisser, Maximilian; Badcock, Rodney A.; Teal, Paul D.; Swanson, Adam; Hunze, Arvid

    2017-06-01

    Hydrogen evolution, identified by dissolved gas analysis (DGA), is commonly used for fault detection in oil immersed electrical power equipment. Palladium (Pd) is often used as a sensing material due to its high hydrogen absorption capacity and related change in physical properties. Hydrogen is absorbed by Pd causing an expansion of the lattice. The solubility, and therefore lattice expansion, increases with increasing partial pressure of hydrogen and decreasing temperature. As long as a phase change is avoided the expansion is reversible and can be utilized to transfer strain into a sensing element. Fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) are a well-established optical fiber sensor (OFS), mainly used for temperature and strain sensing. A safe, inexpensive, reliable and precise hydrogen sensor can be constructed using an FBG strain sensor to transduce the volumetric expansion of Pd due to hydrogen absorption. This paper reports on the development, and evaluation, of an FBG gas sensing OFS and long term measurements of dissolved hydrogen in transformer mineral oil. We investigate the effects of Pd foil cross-section and strain transfer between foil and fiber on the sensitivity of the OFS. Two types of Pd metal sensors were manufactured using modified Pd foil with 20 and 100 μm thickness. The sensors were tested in transformer oil at 90°C and a hydrogen concentration range from 20- 3200 ppm.

  9. Weighted SAW reflector gratings for orthogonal frequency coded SAW tags and sensors

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    Puccio, Derek (Inventor); Malocha, Donald (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    Weighted surface acoustic wave reflector gratings for coding identification tags and sensors to enable unique sensor operation and identification for a multi-sensor environment. In an embodiment, the weighted reflectors are variable while in another embodiment the reflector gratings are apodized. The weighting technique allows the designer to decrease reflectively and allows for more chips to be implemented in a device and, consequently, more coding diversity. As a result, more tags and sensors can be implemented using a given bandwidth when compared with uniform reflectors. Use of weighted reflector gratings with OFC makes various phase shifting schemes possible, such as in-phase and quadrature implementations of coded waveforms resulting in reduced device size and increased coding.

  10. Improvement of signal to noise ratio of time domain mutliplexing fiber Bragg grating sensor network with Golay complementary codes

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    Elgaud, M. M.; Zan, M. S. D.; Abushagur, A. G.; Bakar, A. Ashrif A.

    2017-07-01

    This paper reports the employment of autocorrelation properties of Golay complementary codes (GCC) to enhance the performance of the time domain multiplexing fiber Bragg grating (TDM-FBG) sensing network. By encoding the light from laser with a stream of non-return-to-zero (NRZ) form of GCC and launching it into the sensing area that consists of the FBG sensors, we have found that the FBG signals can be decoded correctly with the autocorrelation calculations, confirming the successful demonstration of coded TDM-FBG sensor network. OptiGrating and OptiSystem simulators were used to design customized FBG sensors and perform the coded TDM-FBG sensor simulations, respectively. Results have substantiated the theoretical dependence of SNR enhancement on the code length of GCC, where the maximum SNR improvement of about 9 dB is achievable with the use of 256 bits of GCC compared to that of 4 bits case. Furthermore, the GCC has also extended the strain exposure up to 30% higher compared to the maximum of the conventional single pulse case. The employment of GCC in the TDM-FBG sensor system provides overall performance enhancement over the conventional single pulse case, under the same conditions.

  11. High sensitivity knitted fabric strain sensors

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    Xie, Juan; Long, Hairu; Miao, Menghe

    2016-10-01

    Wearable sensors are increasingly used in smart garments for detecting and transferring vital signals and body posture, movement and respiration. Existing fabric strain sensors made from metallized yarns have low sensitivity, poor comfort and low durability to washing. Here we report a knitted fabric strain sensor made from a cotton/stainless steel (SS) fibre blended yarn which shows much higher sensitivity than sensors knitted from metallized yarns. The fabric feels softer than pure cotton textiles owing to the ultrafine stainless steel fibres and does not lose its electrical property after washing. The reason for the high sensitivity of the cotton/SS knitted fabric sensor was explored by comparing its sensing mechanism with the knitted fabric sensor made from metallized yarns. The results show that the cotton/SS yarn-to-yarn contact resistance is highly sensitive to strain applied to hooked yarn loops.

  12. Development of a fiber Bragg grating sensor for in-shoe shear stress measurement: design and preliminary results

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    Koulaxouzidis, Andreas V.; Roberts, V. C.; Holmes, Melanie J.; Handerek, Vincent A.

    2000-08-01

    In-shoe shear stress sensors are a required tool for the investigation of plantar ulcer development after the onset of diabetes. Recently, several transducers have been developed for measuring in-shoe shear stress using magneto- resistive technology, light intensity modulation, and copolymer piezoelectric materials. Common drawbacks in the previous methods are the relatively large size of the sensors and the difficulty in interrogating many sensors simultaneously in order to achieve distributed sensing. In this paper we demonstrate for the first time a shear stress sensor using Fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs). The small size and the multiplexing capability of FBGs enables quasi- distributed sensing of shear stress on the plantar surface by interrogating a large number of identical sensors. The sensor design is based on the theory of elastic bending of columns. The sensor consists of two FBGs fitted inside a metallic structure which is able to deform elastically under shear stress. This elastic deformation produces strain on the FBGs, which can be detected by measuring the Bragg wavelength shift of the reflected light of each FBG using a CCD spectrometer. Preliminary results on an enlarged version of the sensor have shown the applicability of FBGs for the implementation of the in-shoe sensor.

  13. Smart Textile Based on Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for Respiratory Monitoring: Design and Preliminary Trials.

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    Ciocchetti, Marco; Massaroni, Carlo; Saccomandi, Paola; Caponero, Michele A; Polimadei, Andrea; Formica, Domenico; Schena, Emiliano

    2015-09-14

    Continuous respiratory monitoring is important to assess adequate ventilation. We present a fiber optic-based smart textile for respiratory monitoring able to work during Magnetic Resonance (MR) examinations. The system is based on the conversion of chest wall movements into strain of two fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors, placed on the upper thorax (UT). FBGs are glued on the textile by an adhesive silicon rubber. To increase the system sensitivity, the FBGs positioning was led by preliminary experiments performed using an optoelectronic system: FBGs placed on the chest surface experienced the largest strain during breathing. System performances, in terms of respiratory period (TR), duration of inspiratory (TI) and expiratory (TE) phases, as well as left and right UT volumes, were assessed on four healthy volunteers. The comparison of results obtained by the proposed system and an optoelectronic plethysmography highlights the high accuracy in the estimation of TR, TI, and TE: Bland-Altman analysis shows mean of difference values lower than 0.045 s, 0.33 s, and 0.35 s for TR, TI, and TE, respectively. The mean difference of UT volumes between the two systems is about 8.3%. The promising results foster further development of the system to allow routine use during MR examinations.Continuous respiratory monitoring is important to assess adequate ventilation. We present a fiber optic-based smart textile for respiratory monitoring able to work during Magnetic Resonance (MR) examinations. The system is based on the conversion of chest wall movements into strain of two fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors, placed on the upper thorax (UT). FBGs are glued on the textile by an adhesive silicon rubber. To increase the system sensitivity, the FBGs positioning was led by preliminary experiments performed using an optoelectronic system: FBGs placed on the chest surface experienced the largest strain during breathing. System performances, in terms of respiratory period (TR

  14. Static and dynamic pile testing of reinforced concrete piles with structure integrated fibre optic strain sensors

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    Schilder, Constanze; Kohlhoff, Harald; Hofmann, Detlef; Basedau, Frank; Habel, Wolfgang R.; Baeßler, Matthias; Niederleithinger, Ernst; Georgi, Steven; Herten, Markus

    2013-05-01

    Static and dynamic pile tests are carried out to determine the load bearing capacity and the quality of reinforced concrete piles. As part of a round robin test to evaluate dynamic load tests, structure integrated fibre optic strain sensors were used to receive more detailed information about the strains along the pile length compared to conventional measurements at the pile head. This paper shows the instrumentation of the pile with extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometers sensors and fibre Bragg gratings sensors together with the results of the conducted static load test as well as the dynamic load tests and pile integrity tests.

  15. Error analysis and method of calibration for linear time grating displacement sensor

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    Gao, Zhonghua; Zheng, Fangyan; Chen, Xihou; Chen, Ziran; Peng, Donglin

    2013-01-01

    A combination method for calibrating the errors of linear time grating displacement sensor is presented. Based on further analysis of time grating, periodic errors, Abbe errors and thermal expansion errors are integrated to obtain error curve for setting up error model, which is adopted to compensate errors using Fourier harmonic analysis and the principle of liner expansion, respectively. Results prove that this method solves the difficult issues about error separation in the linear measurement, and significantly improves the accuracy of linear time grating. Furthermore, this method also solves the issues about continuous automatic sampling with computer, so that the calibration efficiency has been greatly enhanced.

  16. Orientation-Dependent Displacement Sensor Using an Inner Cladding Fiber Bragg Grating.

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    Yang, Tingting; Qiao, Xueguang; Rong, Qiangzhou; Bao, Weijia

    2016-09-11

    An orientation-dependent displacement sensor based on grating inscription over a fiber core and inner cladding has been demonstrated. The device comprises a short piece of multi-cladding fiber sandwiched between two standard single-mode fibers (SMFs). The grating structure is fabricated by a femtosecond laser side-illumination technique. Two well-defined resonances are achieved by the downstream both core and cladding fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs). The cladding resonance presents fiber bending dependence, together with a strong orientation dependence because of asymmetrical distribution of the "cladding" FBG along the fiber cross-section.

  17. Orientation-Dependent Displacement Sensor Using an Inner Cladding Fiber Bragg Grating

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    Yang, Tingting; Qiao, Xueguang; Rong, Qiangzhou; Bao, Weijia

    2016-01-01

    An orientation-dependent displacement sensor based on grating inscription over a fiber core and inner cladding has been demonstrated. The device comprises a short piece of multi-cladding fiber sandwiched between two standard single-mode fibers (SMFs). The grating structure is fabricated by a femtosecond laser side-illumination technique. Two well-defined resonances are achieved by the downstream both core and cladding fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs). The cladding resonance presents fiber bending dependence, together with a strong orientation dependence because of asymmetrical distribution of the “cladding” FBG along the fiber cross-section. PMID:27626427

  18. Real-time damage assessment using fiber optic grating sensors

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    Calvert, Sean G.; Conte, Joel P.; Moaveni, Babak; Schulz, Whitten L.; de Callafon, Raymond

    2003-11-01

    Over the past few years Blue Road Research and the University of California at San Diego have been collaborating to develop a bridge health monitoring system using long gage length fiber optic strain sensors and modal analysis. Two programs supporting this effort have been funded by the National Science Foundation and from this work several papers have been published showing its strong progress1-5. In 2002, the Federal Highway Administration and Caltrans performed a full-scale test on some of the components that will be used for the planned I-5/Gilman Advanced technology Bridge in California, USA. As a part of this test Blue Road Research used its developmental system to validate the use of this damage detection technique and to compare the results with conventional modal analysis tools.

  19. Structure optimization of long-period fiber grating gas-sensing sensors

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    Xu, Yanping; Gu, Zhengtian; Chen, Jiabi; Gao, Kan

    2004-09-01

    The response of a long-period grating coated with the sol-gel derived films on the cladding of the fiber grating region to surrounding medium (gases) was studied in this paper based on coupled-mode theory. A four-layered numerical model is also developed to determine the dependence of the central wavelengths of the attenuation bands on the thin film optical parameters ( thickness d3 and refractive index n3). By analyzing the relation between the sensitivity Sn and the thin film optical parameters and the fiber grating parameters (the grating period, the core index change and the grating length ), the optimal optical parameters of thin film layer of the sensor is obtained. Data simulation shows that the sensitivity of this scheme to refractive index of the films is predicted to be more than 107. In the end a gas-sensitive long-period grating sensor is fabricated according to the theoretical optimization results. The preliminary gas-sensing experiment was performed, and a novel LPFG gas sensor special to C2H5OH and CH4 was established.

  20. An Intensity-Based Demodulation Approach for the Measurement of Strains Induced by Structural Vibrations using Bragg Gratings

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    2011-02-01

    gratings for response measurement. DSTO’s involvement in this program is to develop the distributed Bragg grating in- terrogation system and conduct... Calibration 29 E System Operation Documentation 30 E.1 Configuration Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 E.2 Scan Screen...challenges associated with this type of distributed response measurement using Bragg gratings is that the strains induced by structural vibrations tend

  1. Arrayed waveguide grating interrogator for fiber Bragg grating sensors: measurement and simulation.

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    Koch, Jan; Angelmahr, Martin; Schade, Wolfgang

    2012-11-01

    A fiber Bragg grating (FBG) interrogation system based on an intensity demodulation and demultiplexing of an arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) module is examined in detail. The influence of the spectral line shape of the FBG on the signal obtained from the AWG device is discussed by accomplishing the measurement and simulation of the system. The simulation of the system helps to create quickly and precisely calibration functions for nonsymmetric, tilted, or nonapodized FBGs. Experiments show that even small sidebands of nonapodized FBGs have strong influences on the signal resulted by an AWG device with a Gaussian profile.

  2. Correlation-based methods in calibrating an FBG sensor with strain field non-uniformity

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    Cieszczyk, S.

    2015-12-01

    Fibre Bragg gratings have many sensing applications, mainly for measuring strain and temperature. The physical quantity that influences grating uniformly along its length causes a related shift of the Bragg wavelength. Many peak detection algorithms have been proposed, among which the most popular are the detection of maximum intensity, the centroid detection, the least square method, the cross-correlation, auto-correlation and fast phase correlation. Nonuniform gratings elongation is a cause of spectrum deformation. The introduction of non-uniformity can be intentional or appear as an unintended effect of placing sensing elements in the tested structure. Heterogeneous impacts on grating may result in additional errors and the difficulty in tracking the Bragg wavelength based on a distorted spectrum. This paper presents the application of correlation methods of peak wavelength shifts estimation for non-uniform Bragg grating elongation. The autocorrelation, cross-correlation and fast phase correlation algorithms are considered and experimental spectra measured for axisymmetric strain field along the Bragg grating are analyzed. The strain profile consists of constant and variable components. The results of this study indicate the properties of correlation algorithms applied to moderately non-uniform elongation of an FBG sensor.

  3. Advances in Bio-Tactile Sensors for Minimally Invasive Surgery Using the Fibre Bragg Grating Force Sensor Technique:A Survey

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    Abushagur, Abdulfatah A.G.; Arsad, Norhana; Ibne Reaz, Mamun; Ashrif, A.; Bakar, A.

    2014-01-01

    The large interest in utilising fibre Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) applications to replace conventional electrical tactile sensors has grown in the past few years. FBG strain sensors offer the advantages of optical fibre sensors, such as high sensitivity, immunity to electromagnetic noise, electrical passivity and chemical inertness, but are not limited by phase discontinuity or intensity fluctuations. FBG sensors feature a wavelength-encoding sensing signal that enables distributed sensing that utilises fewer connections. In addition, their flexibility and lightness allow easy insertion into needles and catheters, thus enabling localised measurements inside tissues and blood. Two types of FBG tactile sensors have been emphasised in the literature: single-point and array FBG tactile sensors. This paper describes the current design, development and research of the optical fibre tactile techniques that are based on FBGs to enhance the performance of MIS procedures in general. Providing MIS or microsurgery surgeons with accurate and precise measurements and control of the contact forces during tissues manipulation will benefit both surgeons and patients. PMID:24721774

  4. Sensitivity enhancement of grating interferometer based two-dimensional sensor arrays using two-wavelength readout.

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    Ferhanoglu, Onur; Urey, Hakan

    2011-07-01

    Diffraction gratings integrated with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors offer displacement measurements with subnanometer sensitivity. However, the sensitivity of the interferometric readout may drop significantly based on the gap between the grating and the reference surface. A two-wavelength (2-λ) readout method was previously tested using a single MEMS sensor for illustrating increased displacement measurement capability. This work demonstrates sensitivity enhancement on a sensor array with large scale parallelization (~20,000 sensors). The statistical representation, which is developed to model sensitivity enhancement within a grating based sensor array, is supported by experimental results using a thermal sensor array. In the experiments, two lasers at different wavelengths (633 and 650 nm) illuminate the thermal sensor array from the backside, time-sequentially. The diffracted first order light from the array is imaged onto a single CCD camera. The target scene is reconstructed by observing the change in the first diffracted order diffraction intensity for both wavelengths. Merging of the data from two measurements with two lasers was performed by taking the larger of the two CCD measurements with respect to the reference image for each sensor. ~30% increase in the average sensitivity was demonstrated for a 160×120 pixel IR sensor array. Proposed architecture is also applicable to a variety of sensing applications, such as parallel biosensing and atomic force microscopy, for improved displacement measurements and enhanced sensitivity.

  5. Sensitivity enhancement of grating interferometer based two-dimensional sensor arrays using two-wavelength readout

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    Ferhanoglu, Onur; Urey, Hakan

    2011-07-01

    Diffraction gratings integrated with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors offer displacement measurements with subnanometer sensitivity. However, the sensitivity of the interferometric readout may drop significantly based on the gap between the grating and the reference surface. A two-wavelength (2-{lambda}) readout method was previously tested using a single MEMS sensor for illustrating increased displacement measurement capability. This work demonstrates sensitivity enhancement on a sensor array with large scale parallelization ({approx}20,000 sensors). The statistical representation, which is developed to model sensitivity enhancement within a grating based sensor array, is supported by experimental results using a thermal sensor array. In the experiments, two lasers at different wavelengths (633 and 650 nm) illuminate the thermal sensor array from the backside, time-sequentially. The diffracted first order light from the array is imaged onto a single CCD camera. The target scene is reconstructed by observing the change in the first diffracted order diffraction intensity for both wavelengths. Merging of the data from two measurements with two lasers was performed by taking the larger of the two CCD measurements with respect to the reference image for each sensor. {approx}30% increase in the average sensitivity was demonstrated for a 160x120 pixel IR sensor array. Proposed architecture is also applicable to a variety of sensing applications, such as parallel biosensing and atomic force microscopy, for improved displacement measurements and enhanced sensitivity.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of a diffraction-grating transducer in thin polybutadiene rubber film for sensing dynamical strain.

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    Taguenang, J M; Kassu, A; Govindarajalu, G; Dokhanian, M; Sharma, A; Ruffin, P B; Brantley, C

    2006-09-20

    Surface relief gratings are holographically fabricated in thin polybutadiene rubber films produced by both spin coating and dip coating on glass and metal substrates. These thin-film gratings are characterized for their application as efficient transducers for detecting dynamic strain in solids. The performance of these rubber-grating transducers is compared to surface-mounted fiber Bragg gratings for a range of frequencies between 50 Hz and 30 kHz. Dynamic-strain sensitivity around 1 nepsilon/radicalHz is recorded for thin rubber-film grating transducers.

  7. A fast response hydrogen sensor with Pd metallic grating onto a fiber's end-face

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    Yan, Haitao; Zhao, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Chao; Li, Qiu-Ze; Cao, Jingxiao; Han, Dao-Fu; Hao, Hui; Wang, Ming

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrated an integrated hydrogen sensor with Pd metallic grating fabricated on a fiber end-face. The grating consists of three thin metal layers in stacks, Au, WO3 and Pd. The WO3 is used as a waveguide layer between the Pd and Au layer. The Pd layer is etched by using a focused ion beam (FIB) method, forming a Pd metallic grating with period of 450 nm. The sensor is experimentally exposed to hydrogen gas environment. Changing the concentration from 0% to 4% which is the low explosive limit (LEL), the resonant wavelength measured from the reflection experienced 28.10 nm spectral changes in the visible range. The results demonstrated that the sensor is sensitive for hydrogen detection and it has fast response and low temperature effect.

  8. Fiber Bragg grating-based sensor for monitoring respiration and heart activity during magnetic resonance imaging examinations.

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    Dziuda, Łukasz; Skibniewski, Franciszek W; Krej, Mariusz; Baran, Paulina M

    2013-05-01

    We present a fiber-optic sensor for monitoring respiration and heart activity designed to operate in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) environment. The sensor employs a Plexiglas springboard, which converts movements of the patient's body lying on the board (i.e., lung- and heart-induced vibrations) to strain, where a fiber Bragg grating attached to the board is used to measure this strain. Experimental studies are carried out during thoracic spine MRI examinations. The presence of the metal-free sensor construction in the MRI environment does not pose a threat to the patient and has no influence over the quality of imaging, and the signal is identical to that obtained without any electromagnetic interference. The results show that the sensor is able to accurately reflect the ballistocardiographic signal, enabling determinations of the respiration rate (RR) and heart rate (HR). The data delivered by the sensor are normally distributed on the Bland-Altman plot for the characteristic point determination and exhibit clear dependence on the RR and HR values for the RR and HR determinations, respectively. Measurement accuracies are better than 7% of the average values, and thus, with further development, the sensor will be implemented in routine MRI examinations.

  9. Study on embedding fiber Bragg grating sensor into the 3D printing structure for health monitoring

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    Li, Ruiya; Tan, Yuegang; Zhou, Zude; Fang, Liang; Chen, Yiyang

    2016-10-01

    3D printing technology is a rapidly developing manufacturing technology, which is known as a core technology in the third industrial revolution. With the continuous improvement of the application of 3D printing products, the health monitoring of the 3D printing structure is particularly important. Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensing technology is a new type of optical sensing technology with unique advantages comparing to traditional sensing technology, and it has great application prospects in structural health monitoring. In this paper, the FBG sensors embedded in the internal structure of the 3D printing were used to monitor the static and dynamic strain variation of 3D printing structure during loading process. The theoretical result and experimental result has good consistency and the characteristic frequency detected by FBG sensor is consistent with the testing results of traditional accelerator in the dynamic experiment. The results of this paper preliminary validate that FBG embedded in the 3D printing structure can effectively detecting the static and dynamic stain change of the 3D printing structure, which provide some guidance for the health monitoring of 3D printing structure.

  10. A long period grating-based chemical sensor insensitive to the influence of interfering parameters.

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    James, Stephen W; Korposh, Serhiy; Lee, Seung-Woo; Tatam, Ralph P

    2014-04-07

    An optical fibre chemical sensor that is insensitive to interfering parameters including temperature and surrounding refractive index is described. The sensor is based upon a Mach-Zehnder interferometer formed by a pair of identical cascaded long period gratings (LPGs), with the entire device coated with a mesoporous coating of silica nanoparticles. A functional material is infused only into the coating over the section of optical fibre separating the LPGs. The transmission spectrum of the device consists of a channeled spectrum arising from interference of the core and cladding modes within the envelope of the LPG resonance band. Parameters such as temperature, strain and surrounding refractive perturb the entire device, causing the phase of the channeled spectrum and the central wavelength of the envelope shift at the same rate. Exposure of the device to the analyte of interest perturbs only the optical characteristics of the section of fibre into which the functional material was infused, thus influencing only the phase of the channeled spectrum. Measurement of the phase of the channeled spectrum relative to the central wavelength of the envelope allows the monitoring of the concentration of the analyte with no interference from other parameters.

  11. Magnetic field sensor based on fiber Bragg grating with a spiral microgroove ablated by femtosecond laser.

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    Dai, Yutang; Yang, Minghong; Xu, Gang; Yuan, Yinquan

    2013-07-15

    A novel magnetic field sensor based on Terfenol-D coated fiber Bragg grating with spiral microstructure was proposed and demonstrated. Through a specially-designed holder, the spiral microstructure was ablated into the fiber Bragg grating (FBG) cladding by femtosecond laser. Due to the spiral microstructure, the sensitivity of FBG coated with magnetostrictive film was enhanced greatly. When the spiral pitch is 50 μm and microgroove depth is 13.5 μm, the sensitivity of the magnetic field sensor is roughly 5 times higher than that of non-microstructured standard FBG. The response to magnetic field is reversible, and could be applicable for magnetic field detection.

  12. Simultaneous measurement of strain and temperature using a Fabry–Perot interferometer consisting of Bragg gratings in polarization-maintaining fiber and current-modulated laser diodes

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    Wada, Atsushi; Tanaka, Satoshi; Takahashi, Nobuaki

    2017-03-01

    A fast and high-resolution simultaneous measurement of strain and temperature using an optical fiber sensor is presented. Temperature and strain can be measured simultaneously by using two types of reflection spectra of a Fabry–Perot interferometer consisting of fiber Bragg gratings in a polarization-maintaining fiber (PM-FBG-FPI). The fine structure of a reflection spectrum of the PM-FBG-FPI enables the high-resolution detection of wavelength shifts. We present a fast interrogation method with current modulation of a laser diode for PM-FBG-FPI sensors. The resulting fast measurement is demonstrated experimentally.

  13. High bending curvature withstanding one-dimensional angle sensor with fiber Bragg gratings

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    Jang, Minsu; Kim, Ockchul; Yang, Sungwook; Kim, Jinseok

    2017-04-01

    We report on the development of an angle sensor which can measure at high bending curvature. Unlike the other sensors, the novel angle sensor can be durable and flexible. The sensors consist of one fiber Bragg grating (FBG) fiber which is located in the middle of each sensor, and are fabricated in varying thickness to confirm the relation between the distance of the center of the angle sensor to the core of the FBG node and the radii of curvature at which the sensor can measure. The thinnest sensor has the thickness of 200 μm and can measure at the bending radius of 5 mm. However, its angle measurement error is the largest with 1.25°, because of high sensitivity. Regulating the thickness of sensor, the angles at high curvatures can be measured reliably.

  14. Smart Textile Based on Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for Respiratory Monitoring: Design and Preliminary Trials

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    Ciocchetti, Marco; Massaroni, Carlo; Saccomandi, Paola; Caponero, Michele A.; Polimadei, Andrea; Formica, Domenico; Schena, Emiliano

    2015-01-01

    Continuous respiratory monitoring is important to assess adequate ventilation. We present a fiber optic-based smart textile for respiratory monitoring able to work during Magnetic Resonance (MR) examinations. The system is based on the conversion of chest wall movements into strain of two fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors, placed on the upper thorax (UT). FBGs are glued on the textile by an adhesive silicon rubber. To increase the system sensitivity, the FBGs positioning was led by preliminary experiments performed using an optoelectronic system: FBGs placed on the chest surface experienced the largest strain during breathing. System performances, in terms of respiratory period (TR), duration of inspiratory (TI) and expiratory (TE) phases, as well as left and right UT volumes, were assessed on four healthy volunteers. The comparison of results obtained by the proposed system and an optoelectronic plethysmography highlights the high accuracy in the estimation of TR, TI, and TE: Bland-Altman analysis shows mean of difference values lower than 0.045 s, 0.33 s, and 0.35 s for TR, TI, and TE, respectively. The mean difference of UT volumes between the two systems is about 8.3%. The promising results foster further development of the system to allow routine use during MR examinations. PMID:26389961

  15. Arch-bridge Lift Process Monitoring by Using Packaged Optical Fibre Strain Sensors with Temperature Compensation

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    Mokhtar, M. R.; Sun, T.; Grattan, K. T. V.; Owens, K.; Kwasny, J.; Taylor, S. E.; Basheer, P. A. M.; Cleland, D.; Bai, Y.; Sonebi, M.; Davis, G.; Gupta, A.; Hogg, I.; Bell, B.; Doherty, W.; McKeague, S.; Moore, D.; Greeves, K.

    2011-08-01

    This paper presents a novel sensor design and packaging, specifically developed to allow fibre grating-based sensors to be used in harsh, in-the-field measurement conditions for accurate strain measurement, with full temperature compensation. After these sensors are carefully packaged and calibrated in the laboratory, they are installed onto the paragrid of a set of flat-packed concrete units, created specifically for forming a small-scale, lightweight and inexpensive flexi-arch bridge. During the arch-bridge lifting process, the sensors are used for real-time strain measurements to ensure the quality of the construction. During the work done, the sensors have demonstrated enhanced resilience when embedded in concrete structures, providing accurate and consistent strain measurements during the whole installation process and beyond into monitoring the integrity and use of the structure.

  16. Comparative assessment of erbium fiber ring lasers and reflective SOA linear lasers for fiber Bragg grating dynamic strain sensing.

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    Wei, Heming; Krishnaswamy, Sridhar

    2017-05-01

    Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) dynamic strain sensors using both an erbium-based fiber ring laser configuration and a reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA)-based linear laser configuration are investigated theoretically and experimentally. Fiber laser models are first presented to analyze the output characteristics of both fiber laser configurations when the FBG sensor is subjected to dynamic strains at high frequencies. Due to differences in the transition times of erbium and the semiconductor (InP/InGaAsP), erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA)- and RSOA-based fiber lasers exhibit different responses and regimes of stability when the FBG is subjected to dynamic strains. The responses of both systems are experimentally verified using an adaptive photorefractive two-wave mixing (TWM) spectral demodulation technique. The experimental results show that the RSOA-FBG fiber linear cavity laser is stable and can stably respond to dynamic strains at high frequencies. An example application using a multiplexed TWM interferometer to demodulate multiple FBG sensors is also discussed.

  17. Atmospheric corrosion sensor based on strain measurement

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    Kasai, Naoya; Hiroki, Masatoshi; Yamada, Toshirou; Kihira, Hiroshi; Matsuoka, Kazumi; Kuriyama, Yukihisa; Okazaki, Shinji

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, an in situ atmospheric corrosion sensor based on strain measurement is discussed. The theoretical background for measuring the reduction in thickness of low carbon steel is also presented. Based on the theoretical considerations, a test piece and apparatus for an atmospheric corrosion sensor were designed. Furthermore, in a dry-wet cyclic accelerated exposure experiment, the measured strain indicated thinning of the test piece, although the corrosion product generated on the surface of the test piece affected the results. The atmospheric corrosion sensor would be effective for evaluating atmospheric corrosion of many types of infrastructure.

  18. Nanomechanical near-field grating apparatus and acceleration sensor formed therefrom

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    Carr, Dustin Wade [Albuquerque, NM; Bogart, Gregory Robert [Corrales, NM; Keeler, Bianca E. N. [Albuquerque, NM

    2008-03-04

    A nanomechanical near-field grating device is disclosed which includes two sub-gratings vertically spaced by a distance less than or equal to an operating wavelength. Each sub-grating includes a plurality of line-elements spaced apart by a distance less than or equal to the operating wavelength. A light source (e.g., a VCSEL or LED) can provide light at the operating wavelength for operation of the device. The device can operate as an active grating, with the intensity of a reflected or transmitted portion of the light varying as the relative positions of the sub-gratings are controlled by an actuator. The device can also operate as a passive grating, with the relative positions of the sub-gratings changing in response to an environmentally-induced force due to acceleration, impact, shock, vibration, gravity, etc. Since the device can be adapted to sense an acceleration that is directed laterally or vertically, a plurality of devices can be located on a common substrate to form a multi-axis acceleration sensor.

  19. Nanomechanical near-field grating apparatus and acceleration sensor formed therefrom

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    Carr, Dustin Wade; Bogart, Gregory Robert; Keeler, Bianca E. N.

    2008-03-04

    A nanomechanical near-field grating device is disclosed which includes two sub-gratings vertically spaced by a distance less than or equal to an operating wavelength. Each sub-grating includes a plurality of line-elements spaced apart by a distance less than or equal to the operating wavelength. A light source (e.g., a VCSEL or LED) can provide light at the operating wavelength for operation of the device. The device can operate as an active grating, with the intensity of a reflected or transmitted portion of the light varying as the relative positions of the sub-gratings are controlled by an actuator. The device can also operate as a passive grating, with the relative positions of the sub-gratings changing in response to an environmentally-induced force due to acceleration, impact, shock, vibration, gravity, etc. Since the device can be adapted to sense an acceleration that is directed laterally or vertically, a plurality of devices can be located on a common substrate to form a multi-axis acceleration sensor.

  20. Design and experiment of spectrometer based on scanning micro-grating integrating with angle sensor

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    Biao, Luo; Wen, Zhi-yu

    2014-01-01

    A compact, low cost, high speed, non-destructive testing NIR (near infrared) spectrometer optical system based on MOEMS grating device is developed. The MOEMS grating works as the prismatic element and wavelength scanning element in our optical system. The MOEMS grating enables the design of compact grating spectrometers capable of acquiring full spectra using a single detector element. This MOEMS grating is driven by electromagnetic force and integrated with angle sensor which used to monitored deflection angle while the grating working. Comparing with the traditional spectral system, there is a new structure with a single detector and worked at high frequency. With the characteristics of MOEMS grating, the structure of the spectrometer system is proposed. After calculating the parameters of the optical path, ZEMAX optical software is used to simulate the system. According the ZEMAX output file of the 3D model, the prototype is designed by SolidWorks rapidly, fabricated. Designed for a wavelength range between 800 nm and 1500 nm, the spectrometer optical system features a spectral resolution of 16 nm with the volume of 97 mm × 81.7 mm × 81 mm. For the purpose of reduce modulated effect of sinusoidal rotation, spectral intensity of the different wavelength should be compensated by software method in the further. The system satisfies the demand of NIR micro-spectrometer with a single detector.

  1. Temperature-insensitive arrayed waveguide grating demodulation technique for fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Li, Hongqiang; Li, Yang; Li, Enbang; Dong, Xiaye; Bai, Yaoting; Liu, Yu; Zhou, Wenqian

    2013-10-01

    As the output characteristics of arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) can be affected by temperature, the output spectrum central wavelength λi of every channel has a tendency to drift with the temperature. To improve demodulation accuracy, this paper presents a type of AWG demodulation algorithm with temperature compensation. This algorithm assumes that under the same environment, with similarly changing temperatures of AWG and fiber Bragg grating (FBG), the AWG central wavelength is replaced with the expression that includes ΔT, and the values of AWG and of FBG which change with the temperature (ΔT) are integrated. The experiment result shows that when temperature compensation is added in the demodulation technique, the correlation coefficient r of the demodulation result is 0.997, which means that the curve has good consistency and can be measured repeatedly. This also proves the rightness of the technique. The application of this technique for smart clothing is mentioned, which indicates its feasibility.

  2. Fiber Grating Environmental Sensing System

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    Schulz, Whitten L.; Udd, Eric

    2003-07-29

    Fiber grating environmental measurement systems are comprised of sensors that are configured to respond to changes in moisture or chemical content of the surrounding medium through the action of coatings and plates inducing strain that is measured. These sensors can also be used to monitor the interior of bonds for degradation due to aging, cracking, or chemical attack. Means to multiplex these sensors at high speed and with high sensitivity can be accomplished by using spectral filters placed to correspond to each fiber grating environmental sensor. By forming networks of spectral elements and using wavelength division multiplexing arrays of fiber grating sensors may be processed in a single fiber line allowing distributed high sensitivity, high bandwidth fiber optic grating environmental sensor systems to be realized.

  3. Highly sensitive compact refractive index sensor based on phase-shifted sidewall Bragg gratings in slot waveguide.

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    Wang, Xin; Madsen, Christi K

    2014-01-01

    The geometrical and physical parameters of phase-shifted sidewall Bragg gratings in a silicon slot waveguide are optimized to possess performance characteristics desirable for integrated optical sensors. By tailoring the spectral response of such phase-shifted sidewall gratings, highly sensitive compact refractive index sensors detecting the resonance wavelength shift or the variation of light intensity are designed with the transfer matrix method. Both refractive index sensors have a minimum detection limit on the order of 10(-6), and a linear response and a compact structure dimension as small as 11.7 μm, offering the capabilities for sensor array and lab-on-a-chip integration. The resonance-shift sensor has a much wider detection range of 1.32 refractive index units than the intensity-measurement sensor. The performance parameters are compared with other refractive index sensors, including Mach-Zehnder interferometers, ring resonators, surface gratings, and phase-shifted gratings in silicon nanowire.

  4. MWCNTs based flexible and stretchable strain sensors

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    Khan, Saeed Ahmed; Gao, Min; Zhu, Yuechang; Yan, Zhuocheng; Lin, Yuan

    2017-06-01

    Carbon nanotubes have potential applications in flexible and stretchable devices due to their remarkable electromechanical properties. Flexible and stretchable strain sensors of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with aligned or random structures were fabricated on poly-dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate with different techniques. It was observed that the spraycoatedtechniquebased strain sensor fabricated on PDMS substrate showed higher sensitivity higher stretchability, better linearity and excellent longer time stability than the sensor fabricated with other methods presented in this work. The scanning electron microscopy images indicated the spray coating technique can produce a better uniform and compact CNT network, which is the important role affecting the performance of CNT-based flexible strain sensors. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2015CB351905), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61306015), the Technology Innovative Research Team of Sichuan Province of China (No.2015TD0005), and “111” Project (No. B13042)

  5. Damage Detection of CFRP Plates by Full-Spectral Analysis of a Fibre Bragg Grating Sensor Signal

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    Mizutani, Yoshihiro; Groves, Roger M.

    2010-05-28

    This paper describes the measurement of average strain, strain distribution and vibration of cantilever beam made of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP), using a single Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) sensor mounted on the beam surface. Average strain is determined from the displacement of the peak wavelength of reflected light from the FBG sensor. Unstrained reference FBG sensors were used to compensate for temperature drift and the photoelastic coefficient (P{sub e}), which was used to calculate the gauge factor. Measured strains agree with those measured by a resistance foil strain gauge attached to the sample. Stress distributions are measured by monitoring the variation in the full width half maximum (FWHM) values of the reflected spectrum, using a proposed optical analytical model, described in the paper. FWHM values were measured for both the cantilever test beam and a for a reference beam, loaded using a four-point bending rig. The trend of the stress distribution for the test beam matches with our analytical model, however with a relatively large noise present in the experimentally determined data. The vibration of cantilever beam was measured by temporal analysis of the peak reflection wavelength. This technique is very stable as measurements are not affected by variations in the signal amplitude. Finally an application of FBG sensors for damage detection of CFRP plates is demonstrated, by measuring the average strain and natural frequency. With small defects of different sizes applied to the CFRP plate, average strains were seen to increase with damage size and the natural frequency decreased with damage size.

  6. Optical position sensor based on a digital wavelength-encoding grating ruler

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    Wang, Yu; Chen, Huoyao; Liu, Zhengkun; Hong, Yilin

    2016-10-01

    A wavelength-encoding optical position sensor was designed in this study. The critical component of the sensor is its innovative digital encoding grating ruler (DEGR), which is a substrate on which several blazed grating units with different line densities are arranged parallel to one another following a certain order. Two types of multi-DEGR were designed. We obtained over 100,000 codes that significantly assisted in designing long-range and high-resolution position sensors by optimizing the coding algorithm. The wavelength signals generated by the multi-DEGR were demodulated using concave grating and several photosensitive elements. A 100-mm multi-DEGR with 1000 codes was successfully fabricated using the combined methods of direct laser writing and holographic technology. We described the principle of the sensor in detail and established the entire sensor system. A bench test was conducted to test the signal response of the sensor. Bench test results exhibited 100% accuracy of the signal response of the optical sensor and an excellent temperature performance within -55°C and 75°C.

  7. Polarization Dependence Suppression of Optical Fiber Grating Sensor in a π-Shifted Sagnac Loop Interferometer

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    Son, Jaebum; Lee, Min-Kyoung; Jeong, Myung Yung; Kim, Chang-Seok

    2010-01-01

    In the sensing applications of optical fiber grating, it is necessary to reduce the transmission-type polarization dependence to isolate the sensing parameter. It is experimentally shown that the polarization-dependent spectrum of acousto-optic long-period fiber grating sensors can be suppressed in the transmission port of a π-shifted Sagnac loop interferometer. General expressions for the transmittance and reflectance are derived for transmission-type, reflection-type, and partially reflecting/transmitting-type polarization-dependent optical devices. The compensation of polarization dependence through the counter propagation in the Sagnac loop interferometer is quantitatively measured for a commercial in-line polarizer and an acousto-optic long-period fiber grating sensor. PMID:22399884

  8. Fiber Bragg grating sensors embedded in concrete samples for a normalized fire test

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    Bueno, Antonio; Torres, Benjamín; Barrera, David; Calderón, Pedro; Lloris, José Manuel; López, María José; Sales, Salvador

    2011-05-01

    Optical fiber sensors based on Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) have been embedded in concrete samples for temperature measurement. Three different types of gratings have been used in this experiment: FBGs inscribed in photosensitive germanium-boron codoped fiber and Regenerated Fiber Bragg Gratings (RFBG) inscribed in germanium doped and in germanium-boron codoped fiber. The concrete samples were placed inside a fire chamber where the temperature was increased above 1000ºC as described in the Spanish/European standard UNE-EN 1363-1 temperature profile for concrete resistance to real fire. The temperature was monitored in real time. We have compared the performance of the optical sensors and electrical thermocouples. The RFBGs have shown a very good performance while the FBGs are able to monitor high-temperatures until their disappearance.

  9. Fiber Bragg grating assisted surface plasmon resonance sensor with graphene oxide sensing layer

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    Arasu, P. T.; Noor, A. S. M.; Shabaneh, A. A.; Yaacob, M. H.; Lim, H. N.; Mahdi, M. A.

    2016-12-01

    A single mode fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is used to generate Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). The uniform gratings of the FBG are used to scatter light from the fiber optic core into the cladding thus enabling the interaction between the light and a thin gold film in order to generate SPR. Applying this technique, the cladding around the FBG is left intact, making this sensor very robust and easy to handle. A thin film of graphene oxide (GO) is deposited over a 45 nm gold film to enhance the sensitivity of the SPR sensor. The gold coated sensor demonstrated high sensitivity of approximately 200 nm/RIU when tested with different concentrations of ethanol in an aqueous medium. A 2.5 times improvement in sensitivity is observed with the GO enhancement compared to the gold coated sensor.

  10. Application of long-period grating sensors to respiratory function monitoring

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    Allsop, Thomas D.; Earthrowl, Tim; Revees, Richard; Webb, David J.; Miller, Martin; Jones, Barrie W.; Bennion, Ian

    2004-12-01

    A series of in-line curvature sensors on a garment are used to monitor the thoracic and abdominal movements of a human during respiration. These results are used to obtain volumetric tidal changes of the human torso showing reasonable agreement with a spirometer used simultaneously to record the volume at the mouth during breathing. The curvature sensors are based upon long period gratings written in a progressive three layered fibre that are insensitive to refractive index changes. The sensor platform consists of the long period grating laid upon a carbon fibre ribbon, which is encapsulated in a low temperature curing silicone rubber. An array of sensors is also used to reconstruct the shape changes of a resuscitation manikin during simulated respiration. The data for reconstruction is obtained by two methods of multiplexing and interrogation: firstly using the transmission spectral profile of the LPG's attenuation bands measured using an optical spectrum analyser; secondly using a derivative spectroscopy technique.

  11. Analysis and performance evaluation of an all-fiber wide range interrogation system for a Bragg grating sensor array

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    Rajan, Ginu; Semenova, Yuliya; Farrell, Gerald

    2009-05-01

    Analysis and performance evaluation of a macro-bend fiber based interrogation system for a Bragg grating sensor array is presented. Due to the characteristic properties of the macro-bend fiber filter such as polarization and temperature dependence and the total noise associated with the ratiometric system, a best fit ratio slope is required to interrogate multiple fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) whose peak wavelengths are spread over a wide wavelength range, rather than the optimal slope for individual FBGs. In this study, we have used an FBG array with 5 FBGs with peak reflected wavelengths lying between 1525 and 1575 nm. The analysis of the system is carried out and a fiber filter with a slope which covers a wavelength range of 1525-1575 nm is selected which ensures a resolution and accuracy for all the FBG sensors in the array as close as possible to that which would be achieved with a filter with an optimal slope for each FBG. Performance evaluation of the system is carried out and the static strain, dynamic strain, and temperature are measured with the developed interrogation system.

  12. Damage detection in FRP structures using fiber Bragg grating dynamic strain sensing systems

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    Zhu, Yan; Zhu, Yinian; Hui, Li; Krishnaswamy, Sridhar

    2011-04-01

    Fiber optic sensors have become widely used for structural health monitoring in recent decades. The aim of this research is to characterize the dynamic failure signals emitted in fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) stay cable and specimens using Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs) and two types of interferometric demodulation systems, namely Michelson interferometer (MI) and two-wave mixing interferometer (TWMI) for detection. Due to its one-dimensional form, only one FBG and the Michelson interferometer are used for damage monitoring in a carbon FRP stay cable under various types of loading. Michelson interferometer is capable of detecting frequency contents extending up to 500 kHz, where frequency contents below 250 kHz are categorized as matrix failure and those above 300 kHz corresponded to fiber failure. Two channels of FBGs are used with the TWM interferometer to track local damage in coupon-size FRP samples. Using TWM scheme, continuous and burst acoustic emission events are detected with frequency responses extending up to 125 kHz in coupon-size GFRP specimens, limited only by the sampling rate of the data acquisition system. The experimental results suggest that both types of FBG demodulation systems may be suitable for monitoring high frequency mechanical strains in civil structures, providing a tool for local structural damage detection.

  13. High order mode long-period fiber grating refractive index sensor based on intensity measurement

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    Lan, Xinwei; Han, Qun; Huang, Jie; Fang, Xia; Wei, Tao; Gao, Zhan; Xiao, Hai

    2012-02-01

    Long-period fiber gratings have been used for refractive index measurements under different conditions. Normally, this kind of sensor is based on measuring resonance wavelength shift with respect to different refractive index environments. As high order mode long period fiber gratings are attracting more attention, a new methodology based on intensity measurement of turning points is introduced, which involves simple experiment setup and straightforward demodulation process compared with wavelength shift based method. By using CO2 laser point by point irradiation method, high order mode gratings working at turning point can be easily fabricated. This type of grating has a very high sensitive response to surrounding refractive index, which can be used in chemical, medical and bio applications. In this paper, high sensitive refractive index sensor is demonstrated based on high order mode using intensity measurement. Phase match curve and couple mode theory are combined to analyze the intensity response to refractive index change at turning point of LPFG. This sensor is also demonstrated as an effective refractive index based glucose sensor with a range from 0 to 40 mM concentration of glucose solution, which can fulfill the medical requirement.

  14. Vibration sensor based on highly birefringent Bragg gratings written in standard optical fiber by a femtosecond laser

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    Chah, Karima; Bueno, Antonio; Kinet, Damien; Caucheteur, Christophe; Chluda, Cédric; Mégret, Patrice; Wuilpart, Marc

    2014-05-01

    We present a vibration sensor based on highly birefringent fiber Bragg gratings written in standard single mode optical fiber and realized with UV femtosecond pulses. This vibration sensor takes advantage of the stress-induced phase shift between the two orthogonally polarized fiber eigenmodes which induces intensity distribution changes in the two fiber Bragg grating reflection modes. The gratings are inscribed with the femtosecond line by line technique and have a birefringence value of 6 10-4. We demonstrate that theses gratings are temperature birefringence insensitive and ideal for vibration measurements.

  15. Magnetic Domain Strain Sensor Program

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1990-08-01

    static strain measurement at elevated temperatures. 2.2 Magnetic Strain Measurement Theory The initial work at GED investigated the Barkhausen effect...including large and small Barkhausen jumps. This is a wave propaga- tion phenomenon in which a magnetic wave velocity is measured. The wave velocity in a...theory explaining the phenomenon that deviates from the Barkhausen effect. Some basic concepts had to be examined to better understand magnetic phenomena

  16. Nonlithographic fabrication of microstructured fiber Bragg grating evanescent wave sensors

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    Paladino, D.; Iadicicco, A.; Campopiano, S.; Cutolo, A.; Cusano, A.

    2008-04-01

    This work is devoted to present and demonstrate a novel approach for the fabrication of micro-structured fiber Bragg gratings (MSFBGs). The MSFBG consists in a localized stripping of the cladding layer in a well defined region in the middle of the grating. The introduction of a perturbation along the grating leads to the formation of a defect state in the FBG spectral response that is tunable through the surrounding medium refractive index. Here, a two steps MSFBG fabrication technique, based on arc-discharge technique as fiber pre-treatment and maskless wet chemical etching to sensitize FBG to external refractive index, is proposed. Compared to the lithographic fabrication approach, previously proposed by the same authors and based on laser micromachining tool, this new simple and lowcost technique overcomes some technological drawbacks related to the presence of a mask and consequent undercutting etching. Furthermore, we experimentally demonstrate the potentiality of the presented approach to realize reliable MSFBGs enabling the prototyping of advanced photonics devices based on this technology.

  17. Coherent pulse interrogation system for fiber Bragg grating sensing of strain and pressure in dynamic extremes of materials

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    Rodriguez, George; Jaime, Marcelo; Balakirev, Fedor; ...

    2015-05-21

    A 100 MHz fiber Bragg grating (FBG) interrogation system is described and applied to strain and pressure sensing. The approach relies on coherent pulse illumination of the FBG sensor with a broadband short pulse from a femtosecond modelocked erbium fiber laser. After interrogation of the FBG sensor, a long multi-kilometer run of single mode fiber is used for chromatic dispersion to temporally stretch the spectral components of the reflected pulse from the FBG sensor. Dynamic strain or pressure induced spectral shifts in the FBG sensor are detected as a pulsed time domain waveform shift after encoding by the chromatic dispersivemore » line. Signals are recorded using a single 35 GHz photodetector and a 50 GSamples per second, 25 GHz bandwidth, digitizing oscilloscope. Application of this approach to high-speed strain sensing in magnetic materials in pulsed magnetic fields to ~150 T is demonstrated. The FBG wavelength shifts are used to study magnetic field driven magnetostriction effects in LaCoO₃. A sub-microsecond temporal shift in the FBG sensor wavelength attached to the sample under first order phase change appears as a fractional length change (strain: ΔL/L<10⁻⁴) in the material. A second application used FBG sensing of pressure dynamics to nearly 2 GPa in the thermal ignition of the high explosive PBX-9501 is also demonstrated. In conclusion, both applications demonstrate the use of this FBG interrogation system in dynamical extreme conditions that would otherwise not be possible using traditional FBG interrogation approaches that are deemed too slow to resolve such events.« less

  18. Coherent pulse interrogation system for fiber Bragg grating sensing of strain and pressure in dynamic extremes of materials

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    Rodriguez, George; Jaime, Marcelo; Balakirev, Fedor; Mielke, Chuck H.; Azad, Abul; Marshall, Bruce; La Lone, Brandon M.; Henson, Bryan; Smilowitz, Laura

    2015-05-21

    A 100 MHz fiber Bragg grating (FBG) interrogation system is described and applied to strain and pressure sensing. The approach relies on coherent pulse illumination of the FBG sensor with a broadband short pulse from a femtosecond modelocked erbium fiber laser. After interrogation of the FBG sensor, a long multi-kilometer run of single mode fiber is used for chromatic dispersion to temporally stretch the spectral components of the reflected pulse from the FBG sensor. Dynamic strain or pressure induced spectral shifts in the FBG sensor are detected as a pulsed time domain waveform shift after encoding by the chromatic dispersive line. Signals are recorded using a single 35 GHz photodetector and a 50 GSamples per second, 25 GHz bandwidth, digitizing oscilloscope. Application of this approach to high-speed strain sensing in magnetic materials in pulsed magnetic fields to ~150 T is demonstrated. The FBG wavelength shifts are used to study magnetic field driven magnetostriction effects in LaCoO₃. A sub-microsecond temporal shift in the FBG sensor wavelength attached to the sample under first order phase change appears as a fractional length change (strain: ΔL/L<10⁻⁴) in the material. A second application used FBG sensing of pressure dynamics to nearly 2 GPa in the thermal ignition of the high explosive PBX-9501 is also demonstrated. In conclusion, both applications demonstrate the use of this FBG interrogation system in dynamical extreme conditions that would otherwise not be possible using traditional FBG interrogation approaches that are deemed too slow to resolve such events.

  19. Coherent pulse interrogation system for fiber Bragg grating sensing of strain and pressure in dynamic extremes of materials

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    Rodriguez, George; Jaime, Marcelo; Balakirev, Fedor; ...

    2015-05-21

    A 100 MHz fiber Bragg grating (FBG) interrogation system is described and applied to strain and pressure sensing. The approach relies on coherent pulse illumination of the FBG sensor with a broadband short pulse from a femtosecond modelocked erbium fiber laser. After interrogation of the FBG sensor, a long multi-kilometer run of single mode fiber is used for chromatic dispersion to temporally stretch the spectral components of the reflected pulse from the FBG sensor. Dynamic strain or pressure induced spectral shifts in the FBG sensor are detected as a pulsed time domain waveform shift after encoding by the chromatic dispersivemore » line. Signals are recorded using a single 35 GHz photodetector and a 50 GSamples per second, 25 GHz bandwidth, digitizing oscilloscope. Application of this approach to high-speed strain sensing in magnetic materials in pulsed magnetic fields to ~150 T is demonstrated. The FBG wavelength shifts are used to study magnetic field driven magnetostriction effects in LaCoO₃. A sub-microsecond temporal shift in the FBG sensor wavelength attached to the sample under first order phase change appears as a fractional length change (strain: ΔL/L<10⁻⁴) in the material. A second application used FBG sensing of pressure dynamics to nearly 2 GPa in the thermal ignition of the high explosive PBX-9501 is also demonstrated. In conclusion, both applications demonstrate the use of this FBG interrogation system in dynamical extreme conditions that would otherwise not be possible using traditional FBG interrogation approaches that are deemed too slow to resolve such events.« less

  20. Embedded fiber Bragg grating sensors for true temperature monitoring in Nb3Sn superconducting magnets for high energy physics

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    Chiuchiolo, A.; Bajas, H.; Bajko, M.; Consales, M.; Giordano, M.; Perez, J. C.; Cusano, A.

    2016-05-01

    The luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) planned at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) requires the development of a new generation of superconducting magnets based on Nb3Sn technology. The instrumentation required for the racetrack coils needs the development of reliable sensing systems able to monitor the magnet thermo-mechanical behavior during its service life, from the coil fabrication to the magnet operation. With this purpose, Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors have been embedded in the coils of the Short Model Coil (SMC) magnet fabricated at CERN. The FBG sensitivity to both temperature and strain required the development of a solution able to separate mechanical and temperature effects. This work presents for the first time a feasibility study devoted to the implementation of an embedded FBG sensor for the measurement of the "true" temperature in the impregnated Nb3Sn coil during the fabrication process.

  1. Study of deformation of resin cements used in fixing of root posts through fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Pulido, C. A.; Franco, A. P. G. O.; Karam, L. Z.; Kalinowski, H. J.; Gomes, O. M. M.

    2014-05-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the polymerization shrinkage "in situ" in resin cements inside the root canal during the fixation of glass fiber posts. For cementation teeth were randomly divided into 2 groups according to the resin cement used: Group1 - resin cement dual Relyx ARC (3M/ESPE), and Group 2 - resin cement dual Relyx U200 (3M/ESPE). Before inserting the resin cement into the root canal, two Bragg grating sensors were recorded and pasted in the region without contact with the canal, one at the apical and other at the coronal thirds of the post. The sensors measured the deformation of the resin cements in coronal and apical root thirds to obtain the values in micro-strain (μɛ).

  2. An acousto-optic sensor based on resonance grating waveguide structure

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    Xie, Antonio Jou; Song, Fuchuan; Seo, Sang-Woo

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents an acousto-optic (AO) sensor based on resonance grating waveguide structure. The sensor is fabricated using elastic polymer materials to achieve a good sensitivity to ultrasound pressure waves. Ultrasound pressure waves modify the structural parameters of the sensor and result in the optical resonance shift of the sensor. This converts into a light intensity modulation. A commercial ultrasound transducer at 20 MHz is used to characterize a fabricated sensor and detection sensitivity at different optical source wavelength within a resonance spectrum is investigated. Practical use of the sensor at a fixed optical source wavelength is presented. Ultimately, the geometry of the planar sensor structure is suitable for two-dimensional, optical pressure imaging applications such as pressure wave detection and mapping, and ultrasound imaging. PMID:25045203

  3. Grating couplers for dual-channel thin-film waveguide sensors produced by transmission photolithography

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    Plowman, Thomas E.; Peters, Charles R.; Reichert, W. M.

    1997-10-01

    Grating-coupled, thin-film integrated optical waveguide (IOW) structures were fabricated using standard transmission photolithography and employed in a fluoro-affinity assay for the trace detection of analyte. Using a ruled chrome-on- quartz mask with a 0.7 (mu) repeat, gratings of three etch depths--0.6, 0.8, and 1.0 micrometers --were ion milled into 0.5- mm-thick quartz substrates. Silicon oxynitride (SiON) guiding films (1.5 micrometers ) were deposited on the etched substrates by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Coupling efficiencies for the first diffracted grating orders into the zero-order IOW-guided modes were evaluated at 632.8 nm. The deepest gratings coupled the most light; however, their efficiency was less than half that of prisms. Binding isotherms for fluorescently labeled avidin (Cy5-Av) binding to a biotinylated bovine serum albumin adlayer were generated from both prism- and grating-coupled SiON sensor data. Both techniques discriminated the binding of avidin from a 10-15 M solution; however run-to-run (intraassay) and between-sensor (interassay) variability reduced reliability of the measurements.

  4. Fiber Optic Sensors for Health Monitoring of Morphing Airframes. Part 2; Chemical Sensing Using Optical Fibers with Bragg Gratings

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    Wood, Karen; Brown, Timothy; Rogowski, Robert; Jensen, Brian

    2000-01-01

    Part 1 of this two part series described the fabrication and calibration of Bragg gratings written into a single mode optical fiber for use in strain and temperature monitoring. Part 2 of the series describes the use of identical fibers and additional multimode fibers, both with and without Bragg gratings, to perform near infrared spectroscopy. The demodulation system being developed at NASA Langley Research Center currently requires the use of a single mode optical fiber. Attempts to use this single mode fiber for spectroscopic analysis are problematic given its small core diameter, resulting in low signal intensity. Nonetheless, we have conducted a preliminary investigation using a single mode fiber in conjunction with an infrared spectrometer to obtain spectra of a high-performance epoxy resin system. Spectra were obtained using single mode fibers that contained Bragg gratings; however, the peaks of interest were barely discernible above the noise. The goal of this research is to provide a multipurpose sensor in a single optical fiber capable of measuring a variety of chemical and physical properties.

  5. Fiber Bragg Grating sensor for fault detection in radial and network transmission lines.

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    Moghadas, Amin A; Shadaram, Mehdi

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, a fiber optic based sensor capable of fault detection in both radial and network overhead transmission power line systems is investigated. Bragg wavelength shift is used to measure the fault current and detect fault in power systems. Magnetic fields generated by currents in the overhead transmission lines cause a strain in magnetostrictive material which is then detected by Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG). The Fiber Bragg interrogator senses the reflected FBG signals, and the Bragg wavelength shift is calculated and the signals are processed. A broadband light source in the control room scans the shift in the reflected signal. Any surge in the magnetic field relates to an increased fault current at a certain location. Also, fault location can be precisely defined with an artificial neural network (ANN) algorithm. This algorithm can be easily coordinated with other protective devices. It is shown that the faults in the overhead transmission line cause a detectable wavelength shift on the reflected signal of FBG and can be used to detect and classify different kind of faults. The proposed method has been extensively tested by simulation and results confirm that the proposed scheme is able to detect different kinds of fault in both radial and network system.

  6. Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor for Fault Detection in Radial and Network Transmission Lines

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    Moghadas, Amin A.; Shadaram, Mehdi

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, a fiber optic based sensor capable of fault detection in both radial and network overhead transmission power line systems is investigated. Bragg wavelength shift is used to measure the fault current and detect fault in power systems. Magnetic fields generated by currents in the overhead transmission lines cause a strain in magnetostrictive material which is then detected by Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG). The Fiber Bragg interrogator senses the reflected FBG signals, and the Bragg wavelength shift is calculated and the signals are processed. A broadband light source in the control room scans the shift in the reflected signal. Any surge in the magnetic field relates to an increased fault current at a certain location. Also, fault location can be precisely defined with an artificial neural network (ANN) algorithm. This algorithm can be easily coordinated with other protective devices. It is shown that the faults in the overhead transmission line cause a detectable wavelength shift on the reflected signal of FBG and can be used to detect and classify different kind of faults. The proposed method has been extensively tested by simulation and results confirm that the proposed scheme is able to detect different kinds of fault in both radial and network system. PMID:22163416

  7. Deformation reconstruction of a smart Geogrid embedded with fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Wang, Zheng-fang; Wang, Jing; Sui, Qing-mei; Jia, Lei; Li, Shu-cai; Liang, Xun-mei; Lu, Shi-de

    2015-12-01

    Due to the disadvantages of the current smart Geogrid for geotechnical use only being able measure strain and evaluate load location, a smart Geogrid embedded with fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors has been developed. Also, a deformation reconstruction technique has been investigated, which enables the newly designed smart Geogrid to evaluate the deformation fields of the key areas in geotechnical structures. After the fabricating process of the FBG embedded smart Geogrid was briefly introduced, a curvature information based deformation reconstruction method for the smart Geogrid was detailed. In order to optimize the distribution of the FBG nodes in the smart Geogrid, the finite element (FE) simulation data of the three possible causes of deformation were extracted, and the reconstruction results of the four distributions were compared. The results indicated that equidistantly distributed FBG sensors at the ribs of the smart Geogrid were the optimal distribution for the newly designed smart Geogrid. In addition, a modified deformation reconstruction technique was proposed to reduce reconstruction errors due to the stress concentration on the junctions of the smart Geogrid. The modified method, which employs FBG measured strains for calculating the deformation of the ribs and weighted strains to compute the coordinates of the two junctions, was validated by FE simulations. The simulation results illustrated that the modified method can improve the deformation reconstruction accuracy for both a Geogrid embedded with one fiber optic cable into one warp thread and a Geogrid embedded with multiple fiber optic cables in different warp threads. For the purpose of verifying the feasibility of the deformation measurements for the designed smart Geogrid using the proposed reconstruction techniques, experiments for the smart Geogrid embedded with one fiber optic cable were conducted in constant temperature environments. The curvatures of the smart Geogrid were calibrated

  8. Research on a Novel Low Modulus OFBG Strain Sensor for Pavement Monitoring

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    Wang, Chuan; Hu, Qingli; Lu, Qiyu

    2012-01-01

    Because of the fatigue and deflection damage of asphalt pavement, it is very important for researchers to monitor the strain response of asphalt layers in service under vehicle loads, so in this paper a novel polypropylene based OFBG (Optical Fiber Bragg Gratings) strain sensor with low modulus and large strain sensing scale was designed and fabricated. PP with MA-G-PP is used to package OFBG. The fabrication techniques, the physical properties and the sensing properties were tested. The experimental results show that this kind of new OFBG strain sensor is a wonderful sensor with low modulus (about 1 GPa) and good sensitivity, which would meet the needs for monitoring some low modulus materials or structures. PMID:23112584

  9. Research on a novel low modulus OFBG strain sensor for pavement monitoring.

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    Wang, Chuan; Hu, Qingli; Lu, Qiyu

    2012-01-01

    Because of the fatigue and deflection damage of asphalt pavement, it is very important for researchers to monitor the strain response of asphalt layers in service under vehicle loads, so in this paper a novel polypropylene based OFBG (Optical Fiber Bragg Gratings) strain sensor with low modulus and large strain sensing scale was designed and fabricated. PP with MA-G-PP is used to package OFBG. The fabrication techniques, the physical properties and the sensing properties were tested. The experimental results show that this kind of new OFBG strain sensor is a wonderful sensor with low modulus (about 1 GPa) and good sensitivity, which would meet the needs for monitoring some low modulus materials or structures.

  10. New design for temperature-strain discrimination using fiber Bragg gratings embedded in laminated composites

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    Rodriguez-Cobo, L.; Marques, A. T.; López-Higuera, J. M.; Santos, J. L.; Frazão, O.

    2013-10-01

    A new smart structure based on fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) embedded into composite laminates for temperature and strain simultaneous measurement has been designed and experimentally tested. Two holes have been drilled at preset locations in the composite plate to create different strain sensitivities at different locations. The proposed design has been compared to three reference sensing heads also based on embedding FBGs into composite materials. Experimental results agree remarkably well with mechanical simulations and validate all the tested designs for the temperature-strain discrimination. Based on the same principle, another sensing head with a long single FBG embedded has also been designed and experimentally tested, obtaining temperature independent strain measurement.

  11. Underwater Acoustic Sensors Based on Fiber Bragg Gratings

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    Campopiano, Stefania; Cutolo, Antonello; Cusano, Andrea; Giordano, Michele; Parente, Giuseppe; Lanza, Giuseppe; Laudati, Armando

    2009-01-01

    We report on recent results obtained with a fiber optic hydrophone based on the intensity modulation of the laser light in a FBG (Fiber Bragg Grating) under the influence of the sound pressure. In order to control the behavior of the hydrophone in terms of sensitivity and bandwidth, FBGs have been coated with proper materials, characterized by different elastic modulus and shapes. In particular, new experiments have been carried out using a cylindrical geometry with two different coating, showing that the sensitivity is not influenced by the shape but by the transversal dimension and the material characteristics of the coating. PMID:22408534

  12. Theoretical and Experimental Study of Long-Period Grating Refractive Index Sensor

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    Nidhi; Kaler, R. S.; Kapur, Pawan

    2014-01-01

    This article presents the theoretical and experimental investigation of the response of long-period gratings as a refractive index sensor. Cladding modes are calculated, and results are compared with Optigrating 4.2.2 (Optiwave Systems Inc., Ottawa, Canada). The response has been checked for refractive indices ranging from 1 to 1.458. Theoretically simulated results are in accordance with the experimental results. It was found that the software package calculated values correctly up to the seventh decimal point. The ambient refractive index response of a long-period grating over a much wider index range has been modeled for values both less and more than the cladding refractive index.

  13. Discrete shaped strain sensors for intelligent structures

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    Andersson, Mark S.; Crawley, Edward F.

    1992-01-01

    Design of discrete, highly distributed sensor systems for intelligent structures has been studied. Data obtained indicate that discrete strain-averaging sensors satisfy the functional requirements for distributed sensing of intelligent structures. Bartlett and Gauss-Hanning sensors, in particular, provide good wavenumber characteristics while meeting the functional requirements. They are characterized by good rolloff rates and positive Fourier transforms for all wavenumbers. For the numerical integration schemes, Simpson's rule is considered to be very simple to implement and consistently provides accurate results for five sensors or more. It is shown that a sensor system that satisfies the functional requirements can be applied to a structure that supports mode shapes with purely sinusoidal curvature.

  14. Discrete shaped strain sensors for intelligent structures

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    Andersson, Mark S.; Crawley, Edward F.

    1992-01-01

    Design of discrete, highly distributed sensor systems for intelligent structures has been studied. Data obtained indicate that discrete strain-averaging sensors satisfy the functional requirements for distributed sensing of intelligent structures. Bartlett and Gauss-Hanning sensors, in particular, provide good wavenumber characteristics while meeting the functional requirements. They are characterized by good rolloff rates and positive Fourier transforms for all wavenumbers. For the numerical integration schemes, Simpson's rule is considered to be very simple to implement and consistently provides accurate results for five sensors or more. It is shown that a sensor system that satisfies the functional requirements can be applied to a structure that supports mode shapes with purely sinusoidal curvature.

  15. Detection of adulteration in virgin olive oil using a fiber optic long period grating based sensor

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    Libish, T. M.; Bobby, M. C.; Linesh, J.; Mathew, S.; Pradeep, C.; Nampoori, V. P. N.; Biswas, P.; Bandyopadhyay, S.; Dasgupta, K.; Radhakrishnan, P.

    2013-04-01

    A fiber optic sensing system for the detection of adulteration of virgin olive oil by less expensive sunflower oil is presented. The fundamental principle of detection is the sensitive dependence of the resonance peaks of a long period grating (LPG) on the changes in the refractive index of the environmental medium surrounding the cladding surface of the grating. The performance of the sensor has been tested by monitoring the amplitude changes of the attenuation bands of the LPG in response to variation of adulteration level. With good repeatability, the detection limit of adulteration is 4% and the sensor sensitivity is around 0.07 dB vol%-1 of adulterant in the measurement range. The developed sensor is user-friendly, reusable and allows instantaneous measurement of the amount of adulteration without involving any reagents.

  16. Tilted Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor with Graphene Oxide Coating for Humidity Sensing.

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    Chiu, Yung-Da; Wu, Chao-Wei; Chiang, Chia-Chin

    2017-09-15

    In this study, we propose a tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) humidity sensor fabricated using the phase mask method to produce a TFBG that was then etched with five different diameters of 20, 35, 50, 55 and 60 μm, after which piezoelectric inkjet technology was used to coat the grating with graphene oxide. According to the experimental results, the diameter of 20 μm yielded the best sensitivity. In addition, the experimental results showed that the wavelength sensitivity was -0.01 nm/%RH and the linearity was 0.996. Furthermore, the measurement results showed that when the relative humidity was increased, the refractive index of the sensor was decreased, meaning that the TFBG cladding mode spectrum wavelength was shifted. Therefore, the proposed graphene oxide film TFBG humidity sensor has good potential to be an effective relative humidity monitor.

  17. An Ultrasensitive Long-Period Fiber Grating-Based Refractive Index Sensor with Long Wavelengths

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    Li, Qiu-Shun; Zhang, Xu-Lin; Shi, Jian-Guo; Xiang, Dong; Zheng, Lan; Yang, Yan; Yang, Jun-Hui; Feng, Dong; Dong, Wen-Fei

    2016-01-01

    The response of a novel long-period fiber grating (LPFG) with a period of 180 µm to a surrounding refractive index (RI) was investigated. The results displayed that, with the increase in RI of the surrounding media of cladding glass in the grating region, the resonant peak located at 1336.4 nm in the transmission spectrum gradually shifts towards a shorter wavelength, while the resonant peak located at 1618 nm gradually shifted towards a longer wavelength. Moreover, the resonant peak at 1618 nm is much more sensitive to the surrounding RI than that of the one at 1336.4 nm. Compared with the conventional LPFG and other types of wavelength-interrogated RI sensors, such as ring resonators, surface plasmon resonance sensors, and Fabry–Perot interferometric sensors, this novel LPFG possesses a higher sensitivity, which achieved 10,792.45 nm/RIU (RI unit) over a RI range of 1.4436–1.4489. PMID:28009844

  18. Visual sensing system for detecting accidents in lavatories using fiber grating vision sensor

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    Aoki, Hirooki; Nakajima, Masato

    2000-05-01

    We have developed a visual sensing system for finding the elderly or sick people's paroxysm accidents in the lavatory. The system utilize our developed fiber grating vision sensor to get the 3D information of the person in the lavatory. A visual sensor installed on the ceiling watches the appearance of the person in the lavatory without disturbing his/her privacy. And the warning should be issued to his/her family or the staffs of the hospital in such a case that the system give a decision that the person falls senseless. This paper describes the configuration of the system for finding paroxysm accidents in lavatory using fiber grating vision sensor and the method for classify the states of the person in the lavatory. And, we installed our trial system in the model lavatory and performed an experiment assuming various situations in the lavatory. We think that we could obtain satisfactory determination precision regarding the external warning.

  19. A Review of Refractometric Sensors Based on Long Period Fibre Gratings

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    Rego, G.

    2013-01-01

    In the last decade refractometric sensors have attracted an increasing interest by the scientific community due to their ability to perform ambient monitoring, to assess food quality and safety, and also to the fact that they enable the development of label free sensors in the biomedical area. These advances result, namely, from the use of long period fibre gratings in the turning points and/or with thin films in the transition region that allows resolutions of 10−6 to changes in the refractive index of the surrounding medium. Resolutions exceeding 10−8 can also be achieved when long period fibre gratings are combined with evanescent field based devices. This paper reviews the recent path towards the development of ultrahigh sensitive optical fibre refractometric sensors. PMID:24453920

  20. Life cycle strain monitoring of composite airframe structures by FBG sensors

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    Takahashi, I.; Sekine, K.; Kume, M.; Takeya, H.; Minakuchi, S.; Takeda, N.; Enomoto, K.

    2013-04-01

    Life cycle health monitoring technology for composite airframe structures based on strain mapping is proposed. It detects damages and deformation harmful to the structures by strain mapping using fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors through their life cycles including the stages of molding, machining, assembling, operation, and maintenance. In this paper, we firstly carried out a strain monitoring test of CFRP mock-up structure through the life cycle including the stage of molding, machining, assembling, and operation. The experimental result confirms that the strain which arises in each life cycle stage can be measured by FBG sensors embedded in molding stage and demonstrates the feasibility of life cycle structural health monitoring by using FBG sensors. Secondly, we conducted the strain monitoring test of CFRP scarf-repaired specimen subject to fatigue load. FBG sensors were embedded in the scarf-repaired part of the specimen and their reflection spectra were measured in uni-axial cyclic load test. Strain changes were compared with the pulse thermographic inspection. As a result, strain measured by FBG sensors changed sensitively with debonded area of repair patch, which demonstrates that the debondings of repair patches in scarf-repaired composites due to fatigue load can be detected by FBG sensors.

  1. Edge Triggered Apparatus and Method for Measuring Strain in Bragg Gratings

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    Froggatt, Mark E. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    An apparatus and method for measuring strain of gratings written into an optical fiber. Optical radiation is transmitted over one or more contiguous predetermined wavelength ranges into a reference optical fiber network and an optical fiber network under test to produce a plurality of reference interference fringes and measurement interference fringes, respectively. The reference and measurement fringes are detected, and the reference fringes trigger the sampling of the measurement fringes. This results in the measurement fringes being sampled at 2(pi) increments of the reference fringes. Each sampled measurement fringe of each wavelength sweep is transformed into a spatial domain waveform. The spatial domain waveforms are summed to form a summation spatial domain waveform that is used to determine location of each grating with respect to a reference reflector. A portion of each spatial domain waveform that corresponds to a particular grating is determined and transformed into a corresponding frequency spectrum representation. The strain on the grating at each wavelength of optical radiation is determined by determining the difference between the current wavelength and an earlier, zero-strain wavelength measurement.

  2. Force and deflection sensor with shell membrane and optical gratings and method of manufacture

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    Park, Yong-Lae (Inventor); Moslehi, Behzad (Inventor); Black, Richard James (Inventor); Cutkosky, Mark R. (Inventor); Chau, Kelvin K (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A sensor for force is formed from an elastomeric cylinder having a region with apertures. The apertures have passageways formed between them, and an optical fiber is introduced into these passageways, where the optical fiber has a grating for measurement of tension positioned in the passageways between apertures. Optionally, a temperature measurement sensor is placed in or around the elastomer for temperature correction, and if required, a copper film may be deposited in the elastomer for reduced sensitivity to spot temperature variations in the elastomer near the sensors.

  3. Fiber Bragg grating sensor based on cantilever structure embedded in polymer 3D printed material

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    Lima, Rita; Tavares, R.; Silva, S. O.; Abreu, P.; Restivo, Maria T.; Frazão, O.

    2017-04-01

    A cantilever structure in 3D printed based on a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor embedded in polymer material is proposed. The FBG sensor was embedded in 3D printed coating and was tested under three physical parameters: displacement, temperature and vibration. The sensor was tested in displacement in two different regions of the cantilever, namely, on its midpoint and end point. The maximum displacement sensitivity achieved was (3 +/- 0.1) pm/mm for end point displacement, and a temperature sensitivity of (30 +/- 1) pm/°C was also attained. In the case of vibration measurements it was possible to obtain a 10.23Hz-low frequency oscillation.

  4. Thinned fibre Bragg grating as a fuel adulteration sensor: simulation and experimental study

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    Agarwal, S.; Prajapati, Y. K.; Mishra, V.

    2015-12-01

    This paper presents the implementation of a thinned fibre Bragg grating as a fuel adulteration sensor for volatile organic compounds. The proposed sensor can detect upto 10% adulteration of benzene, toluene and xylene: hydrocarbons precisely, whereas traditional methods can detect only upto 20% adulteration. The results obtained from the experiments are verified using Finite Difference Time Domain method. It is found that experimental results have very less deviation from simulation results. The proposed sensor provides us with the new possibility that may have commercial application, as well.

  5. Measurement of inhomogeneous strain fields by fiber optic sensors embedded in a polymer composite material

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    Anoshkin, A. N.; Voronkov, A. A.; Kosheleva, N. A.; Matveenko, V. P.; Serovaev, G. S.; Spaskova, E. M.; Shardakov, I. N.; Shipunov, G. S.

    2016-09-01

    Experimental results of strain field measurement in polymer composite specimens by Bragg grating fiber optic strain sensors embedded in the material are considered. A rectangular plate and a rectangular plate with "butterfly" shaped cuts are used as specimens. The results of uniaxial strain experiments with rectangular plates show that fiber optic strain sensors can be used to measure the strains, and these results can be used to calculate the calibration coefficients for fiber optic strain sensors. A gradient strain field is attained in a plate with cuts, and the possibility of measuring this field by fiber optic strain sensors is the main goal of this paper. The results of measurements of gradient strain fields in the plate with cuts are compared with the results obtained by using the three-dimensional digital optic system Vix-3D and with the results of numerical computations based on finite element methods. It is shown that the difference between the strain values obtained by these three methods does not exceed 5%.

  6. Monitoring of inhomogeneous flow distributions using fibre-optic Bragg grating temperature sensor arrays

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    Latka, Ines; Bosselmann, Thomas; Ecke, Wolfgang; Willsch, Michael

    2006-04-01

    Knowledge of the gas flow distributions, their mass velocity and turbulences, in chemical reactors, thermodynamic engines, pipes, and other industrial facilities may help to achieve a more efficient system performance. In our novel approach, optical fibre Bragg grating (FBG) sensors have been used for measuring the temperature of a heated element, adapting the principles of conventional hot-wire-anemometers. Because of the multiplexing capability of FBG sensors, the gas mass flow distribution can be measured along the sensor array. The length of the heated and sensor-equipped element can be easily adapted to the cross section of the gas flow, from <10 cm up to several metres. The number and distances of FBGs distributed over this length defines the spatial resolution and is basically limited by the sensor signal processing. According to FBG sensor lengths < 5 mm, spatial resolutions of gas flow measurements of less than 1 cm can be achieved.

  7. Applications of polymer optical fibre grating sensors to condition monitoring of textiles

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    Ye, C. C.; Dulieu-Barton, J. M.; Webb, D. J.; Zhang, C.; Peng, G.-D.; Chambers, A. R.; Lennard, F. J.; Eastop, D. D.

    2009-10-01

    Fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) in polymer optical fibres (POFs) have been used to measure the strain in a woven textile. FBGs in both POFs and silica optical fibres were attached to a woven textile specimen, and their performance characterised. It was demonstrated that the POF FBGs provide improved strain transfer coefficients and reduce local structural reinforcement compared to silica FBGs and therefore make a more suitable proposition for textile monitoring.

  8. Applications of polymer optical fibre grating sensors to condition monitoring of textiles

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    Ye, C. C.; Dulieu-Barton, J. M.; Webb, D. J.; Zhang, C.; Peng, G.-D.; Chambers, A. R.; Lennard, F. J.; Eastop, D. D.

    2009-07-01

    Fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) in polymer optical fibres (POFs) have been used to measure the strain in a woven textile. FBGs in both POFs and silica optical fibres were attached to a woven textile specimen, and their performance characterised. It was demonstrated that the POF FBGs provide improved strain transfer coefficients and reduce local structural reinforcement compared to silica FBGs and therefore make a more suitable proposition for textile monitoring.

  9. Long FBG sensor characterization of residual strains in AS4/PPS thermoplastic laminates

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    Sorensen, Larissa K.; Gmur, Thomas; Botsis, John

    2004-07-01

    The consolidation of thermoplastic composites produces internal residual strains due to the differences between the coefficients of thermal expansion of the component materials. In the case of AS4/PPS (carbon fibre-polyphenylene sulphide), where the melting/solidification temperature is 280°C, there exists a 255°C range wherein the various constituents will contract/expand to different degrees. A fibre Bragg grating (FBG) sensor may be embedded into this laminate with the goal of characterizing the residual strains; however, these strains may be non-uniform in the longitudinal and transverse directions, and may also vary depending on the laminate architecture. Non-uniform axial strains typically broaden and split the FBG sensor's spectral response, making it difficult to measure the strain distribution. Also, load-induced birefringence caused by the consolidation process will complicate the interpretation of the spectral response. This research is directed at understanding the residual strain state in FBG sensors due to the fabrication process. It is the aim of this study to experimentally investigate the residual strains in long and short gauge length FBG sensors embedded in the 0° plies of AS4/PPS unidirectional and cross-ply laminates (200 x 50 x 3.6 mm). Long gauge length sensors are monitored throughout the fabrication process, to provide insight into the development of the residual strains.

  10. Fiber optic hydrogen sensor based on an etched Bragg grating coated with palladium.

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    Coelho, L; de Almeida, J M M M; Santos, J L; Viegas, D

    2015-12-10

    A study of a sensor for hydrogen (H2) detection based on fiber Bragg gratings coated with palladium (Pd) with self-temperature compensation is presented. The cladding around the gratings was reduced down to 50 μm diameter by a chemical etching process. One of the gratings was left uncoated, and the other was coated with 150 nm of Pd. It was observed that palladium hydride has unstable behavior in environments with high humidity level. A simple solution to overcome this problem based on a Teflon tape is presented. The sensing device studied was able to respond to H2 concentrations in the range 0%-1% v/v at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, achieving sensitivities larger than 20 pm/% v/v. Considering H2 concentrations in nitrogen up to 1%, the performance of the sensing head was characterized for different thicknesses of Pd coating ranging from 50 to 200 nm.

  11. Measurement of process-induced strains in composite materials using embedded fiber optic sensors

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    Lawrence, C.M.; Nelson, D.V.; Spingarn, J.R.; Bennett, T.E.

    1996-05-01

    This paper presents the results of experiments to measure the internal strains and temperatures that are generated in graphite/epoxy composite specimens during processing using embedded fiber optic strain sensors and thermocouples. Measurements of strain and temperature, combined with a computational model, offer the potential for non-destructive, real-time determination of residual stress in composites, and may be useful for process monitoring and control. Extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer, Bragg grating strain sensors, and thermocouples were embedded in graphite/epoxy composite laminates prior to cure. The specimens were cured in a press, and the internal strains and temperatures developed during processing were monitored and recorded. The results are compared with expected values, and limitations of the experimental technique are discussed.

  12. A Tunable Strain Sensor Using Nanogranular Metals

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    Schwalb, Christian H.; Grimm, Christina; Baranowski, Markus; Sachser, Roland; Porrati, Fabrizio; Reith, Heiko; Das, Pintu; Müller, Jens; Völklein, Friedemann; Kaya, Alexander; Huth, Michael

    2010-01-01

    This paper introduces a new methodology for the fabrication of strain-sensor elements for MEMS and NEMS applications based on the tunneling effect in nano-granular metals. The strain-sensor elements are prepared by the maskless lithography technique of focused electron-beam-induced deposition (FEBID) employing the precursor trimethylmethylcyclopentadienyl platinum [MeCpPt(Me)3]. We use a cantilever-based deflection technique to determine the sensitivity (gauge factor) of the sensor element. We find that its sensitivity depends on the electrical conductivity and can be continuously tuned, either by the thickness of the deposit or by electron-beam irradiation leading to a distinct maximum in the sensitivity. This maximum finds a theoretical rationale in recent advances in the understanding of electronic charge transport in nano-granular metals. PMID:22163443

  13. Trends and future of fiber Bragg grating sensing technologies: tailored draw tower gratings (DTGs)

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    Lindner, E.; Hartung, A.; Hoh, D.; Chojetzki, C.; Schuster, K.; Bierlich, J.; Rothhardt, M.

    2014-05-01

    Today fiber Bragg gratings are commonly used in sensing technology as well as in telecommunications. Numerous requirements must be satisfied for their application as a sensor such as the number of sensors per system, the measurement resolution and repeatability, the sensor reusability as well as the sensor costs. In addition current challenges need to be met in the near future for sensing fibers to keep and extend their marketability such as the suitability for sterilization, hydrogen darkening or the separation of strain and temperature (or pressure and temperature). In this contribution we will give an outlook about trends and future of the fiber Bragg gratings in sensing technologies. Specifically, we will discuss how the use of draw tower grating technology enables the production of tailored Bragg grating sensing fibers, and we will present a method of separating strain and temperature by the use of a single Bragg grating only, avoiding the need for additional sensors to realize the commonly applied temperature compensation.

  14. Theoretical study of surface plasmon resonance sensors based on 2D bimetallic alloy grating

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    Dhibi, Abdelhak; Khemiri, Mehdi; Oumezzine, Mohamed

    2016-11-01

    A surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor based on 2D alloy grating with a high performance is proposed. The grating consists of homogeneous alloys of formula MxAg1-x, where M is gold, copper, platinum and palladium. Compared to the SPR sensors based a pure metal, the sensor based on angular interrogation with silver exhibits a sharper (i.e. larger depth-to-width ratio) reflectivity dip, which provides a big detection accuracy, whereas the sensor based on gold exhibits the broadest dips and the highest sensitivity. The detection accuracy of SPR sensor based a metal alloy is enhanced by the increase of silver composition. In addition, the composition of silver which is around 0.8 improves the sensitivity and the quality of SPR sensor of pure metal. Numerical simulations based on rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA) show that the sensor based on a metal alloy not only has a high sensitivity and a high detection accuracy, but also exhibits a good linearity and a good quality.

  15. Low-cost temperature sensor based on long-period fiber gratings with linear wavelength transmission characteristics

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    Yang, Ching Chung; Hsia, Chung Ho

    1998-06-01

    A hybrid fiber grating-based temperature sensor with simple demodulation scheme has been constructed. Temperature variation of 1 degree C could be linearly resolved in a 40 degree C range by directly measuring the transmission power through a long period fiber grating with a bandwidth of 6.5nm.

  16. Humidity insensitive TOPAS polymer fiber Bragg grating sensor.

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    Yuan, Wu; Khan, Lutful; Webb, David J; Kalli, Kyriacos; Rasmussen, Henrik K; Stefani, Alessio; Bang, Ole

    2011-09-26

    We report the first experimental demonstration of a humidity insensitive polymer optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG), as well as the first FBG recorded in a TOPAS polymer optical fiber in the important low loss 850 nm spectral region. For the demonstration we have fabricated FBGs with resonance wavelength around 850 nm and 1550 nm in single-mode microstructured polymer optical fibers made of TOPAS and the conventional poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). Characterization of the FBGs shows that the TOPAS FBG is more than 50 times less sensitive to humidity than the conventional PMMA FBG in both wavelength regimes. This makes the TOPAS FBG very appealing for sensing applications as it appears to solve the humidity sensitivity problem suffered by the PMMA FBG. © 2011 Optical Society of America

  17. Hydrogen loading to the optic fibers for fiber grating sensors

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    Xiao, Chun; Zhang, Wen-yu; Zhu, Yuan; Pan, Zhi-yong

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, fibers with different depths of hermetically coated carbon are hydrogen loaded and radiated, and it's found that too thick of carbon layer around fiber can't bring best radiation-resistant properties, because the thick carbon layer would make the entering of hydrogen difficult although it can help to stop the hydrogen escaping. We also research the duration of saturated hydrogen loading under the temperature of 60°C and 100°C respectively, and it's found that after 120h and 48h, the fibers' photo sensitivities tend to be flat. We also reload hydrogen into the fibers which have been loaded once, and these fibers are etched then, this help us to deep understand the mechanism of hydrogen loading for the fiber gratings.

  18. Femtosecond laser written optofluidic sensor: Bragg Grating Waveguide evanescent probing of microfluidic channel.

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    Maselli, Valeria; Grenier, Jason R; Ho, Stephen; Herman, Peter R

    2009-07-06

    Microfluidic channels and Bragg Grating Waveguides (BGWs) were simultaneously fabricated inside fused silica glass by means of femtosecond laser exposure followed by chemical etching. Evanescent field penetration of the waveguide mode into the parallel microfluidic channel induced Bragg resonant wavelength shifts to enable refractive index characterization of the fluidic medium in the 1 to 1.452 range. Laser exposure was optimized to fabricate devices with optically smooth channel walls and narrow Bragg resonances for high sensing response at 1560 nm wavelength. Reference gratings were also employed in the optical circuit for temperature and strain compensation. These devices open new directions for optical sensing in three-dimensional optofluidic and reactor microsystems.

  19. Design optimization of a long-period fiber grating with sol gel coating for a gas sensor

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    Gu, Zhengtian; Xu, Yanping

    2007-11-01

    The design of a novel scheme long-period fiber grating (LPFG) film sensor is presented. The sensor is composed of a long-period grating coated with sol-gel derived films, which are sensitive to the surrounding medium (gases). Based on the coupled-mode theory, a four-layered numerical model has been developed to study the characteristics of the transmissivity of the LPFG film sensor. By analyzing the relationship between the sensitivity Sn and the thin film optical parameters (thickness h3 and refractive index n3) and the fiber grating parameters (the grating period Λ, the core index change σ and the grating length L), the optimal design parameters of the LPFG film sensor can be obtained. Data simulation shows that the resolution of the refractive index of this LPFG film sensor is predicted to be 10-8. Experimentally, a long-period fiber grating film sensor for the detection of C2H5OH was fabricated, and a preliminary gas-sensing test was performed. The results indicate that a novel optical film sensor scheme with structure optimization has higher sensitivity.

  20. In-Situ Continuous Detonation Velocity Measurements Using Fiber-optic Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Benterou, J; Udd, E; Wilkins, P; Roeske, F; Roos, E; Jackson, D

    2007-07-25

    In order to fully calibrate hydrocodes and dynamic chemistry burn models, initiation and detonation research requires continuous measurement of low order detonation velocities as the detonation runs up to full order detonation for a given density and initiation pressure pulse. A novel detector of detonation velocity is presented using a 125 micron diameter optical fiber with an integral chirped fiber Bragg grating as an intrinsic sensor. This fiber is embedded in the explosive under study and interrogated during detonation as the fiber Bragg grating scatters light back along the fiber to a photodiode, producing a return signal dependant on the convolution integral of the grating reflection bandpass, the ASE intensity profile and the photodetector response curve. Detonation velocity is measured as the decrease in reflected light exiting the fiber as the grating is consumed when the detonation reaction zone proceeds along the fiber sensor axis. This small fiber probe causes minimal perturbation to the detonation wave and can measure detonation velocities along path lengths tens of millimeters long. Experimental details of the associated equipment and preliminary data in the form of continuous detonation velocity records within nitromethane and PBX-9502 are presented.

  1. Signal-to-noise ratio evaluation with draw tower fibre Bragg gratings (DTGs) for dynamic strain sensing at elevated temperatures and corrosive environment

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    De Pauw, B.; Lamberti, A.; Vanlanduit, S.; Van Tichelen, K.; Geernaert, T.; Berghmans, F.

    2014-05-01

    Measuring strain at the surface of a structure can help to estimate the dynamical properties of the structure under test. Such a structure can be a fuel assembly of a nuclear reactor consisting of fuel pins. In this paper we demonstrate a method to integrate draw tower gratings (DTGs) in a fuel pin and we subject this pin to conditions close to those encountered in a heavy liquid metal (HLM) reactor. More specifically, we report on the performance of DTGs used as a strain sensor when immersed in HLM during thermal cycles (up to 300_C) for up to 700 hours.

  2. Axle counter for high-speed railway based on fibre Bragg grating sensor and algorithm optimization for peak searching

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    Quan, Yu; He, Dawei; Wang, Yongsheng; Wang, Pengfei

    2014-08-01

    For the benefit of electrical isolation, corrosion resistance and quasi-distributed detecting, Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor has been studied for high-speed railway application progressively. Existing Axle counter system based on fiber Bragg grating sensor isn't appropriate for high-speed railway for the shortcoming of emplacement of fiber Bragg grating sensor, low Sampling rate and un-optimized algorithm for peak searching. We propose a new design for the Axle counter of high-speed railway based on high-speed fiber Bragg grating demodulating system. We also optimized algorithm for peak searching by synthesizing the three sensor data, bringing forward the time axle, Gaussian fitting and Finite Element Analysis. The feasibility was verified by field experiment.

  3. Advanced Interrogation of Fiber-Optic Bragg Grating and Fabry-Perot Sensors with KLT Analysis

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    Tosi, Daniele

    2015-01-01

    The Karhunen-Loeve Transform (KLT) is applied to accurate detection of optical fiber sensors in the spectral domain. By processing an optical spectrum, although coarsely sampled, through the KLT, and subsequently processing the obtained eigenvalues, it is possible to decode a plurality of optical sensor results. The KLT returns higher accuracy than other demodulation techniques, despite coarse sampling, and exhibits higher resilience to noise. Three case studies of KLT-based processing are presented, representing most of the current challenges in optical fiber sensing: (1) demodulation of individual sensors, such as Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs) and Fabry-Perot Interferometers (FPIs); (2) demodulation of dual (FBG/FPI) sensors; (3) application of reverse KLT to isolate different sensors operating on the same spectrum. A simulative outline is provided to demonstrate the KLT operation and estimate performance; a brief experimental section is also provided to validate accurate FBG and FPI decoding. PMID:26528975

  4. Simultaneous cardiac and respiratory frequency measurement based on a single fiber Bragg grating sensor

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    Silva, A. F.; Carmo, J. P.; Mendes, P. M.; Correia, J. H.

    2011-07-01

    A respiratory and cardiac-frequency sensor has been designed and manufactured to monitor both components with a single fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor. The main innovation of the explored system is the structure in which the FBG sensor is embedded. A specially developed polymeric foil allowed the simultaneous detection of heart rate and respiration cycles. The PVC has been designed to enhance the sensor sensitivity. In order to retrieve both components individually, a signal processing system was implemented for filtering out the respiratory and cardiac frequencies. The developed solution was tested along with a commercial device for referencing, from which the proposed system reliability is concluded. This optical-fiber system type has found an application niche in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam rooms, where no other types of sensors than optical ones are advised to enter due to the electromagnetic interference.

  5. Advanced Interrogation of Fiber-Optic Bragg Grating and Fabry-Perot Sensors with KLT Analysis.

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    Tosi, Daniele

    2015-10-29

    The Karhunen-Loeve Transform (KLT) is applied to accurate detection of optical fiber sensors in the spectral domain. By processing an optical spectrum, although coarsely sampled, through the KLT, and subsequently processing the obtained eigenvalues, it is possible to decode a plurality of optical sensor results. The KLT returns higher accuracy than other demodulation techniques, despite coarse sampling, and exhibits higher resilience to noise. Three case studies of KLT-based processing are presented, representing most of the current challenges in optical fiber sensing: (1) demodulation of individual sensors, such as Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs) and Fabry-Perot Interferometers (FPIs); (2) demodulation of dual (FBG/FPI) sensors; (3) application of reverse KLT to isolate different sensors operating on the same spectrum. A simulative outline is provided to demonstrate the KLT operation and estimate performance; a brief experimental section is also provided to validate accurate FBG and FPI decoding.

  6. Tunnel Magnetoresistance Sensors with Magnetostrictive Electrodes: Strain Sensors.

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    Tavassolizadeh, Ali; Rott, Karsten; Meier, Tobias; Quandt, Eckhard; Hölscher, Hendrik; Reiss, Günter; Meyners, Dirk

    2016-11-11

    Magnetostrictive tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) sensors pose a bright perspective in micro- and nano-scale strain sensing technology. The behavior of TMR sensors under mechanical stress as well as their sensitivity to the applied stress depends on the magnetization configuration of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ)s with respect to the stress axis. Here, we propose a configuration resulting in an inverse effect on the tunnel resistance by tensile and compressive stresses. Numerical simulations, based on a modified Stoner-Wohlfarth (SW) model, are performed in order to understand the magnetization reversal of the sense layer and to find out the optimum bias magnetic field required for high strain sensitivity. At a bias field of -3.2 kA/m under a 0.2 × 10 - 3 strain, gauge factors of 2294 and -311 are calculated under tensile and compressive stresses, respectively. Modeling results are investigated experimentally on a round junction with a diameter of 30 ± 0.2 μ m using a four-point bending apparatus. The measured field and strain loops exhibit nearly the same trends as the calculated ones. Also, the gauge factors are in the same range. The junction exhibits gauge factors of 2150 ± 30 and -260 for tensile and compressive stresses, respectively, under a -3.2 kA/m bias magnetic field. The agreement of the experimental and modeling results approves the proposed configuration for high sensitivity and ability to detect both tensile and compressive stresses by a single TMR sensor.

  7. Fiber Bragg grating based sensor for measuring temperature of in vivo lesion

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    Mao, Xianhui; Niu, Chunhui; Lu, Yong

    2010-12-01

    Because of the heat-resistant difference between the cancer cell and the normal cell, the normal cell can resistant higher temperature than cancer cell does. Clinical experiments showed that microwave or ultrasonic can effectively cure cancer. But since there is strong electromagnetic interference, the conventional temperature sensor will find itself hard to get the accurate temperature. So it is necessary to find a feasible sensor to measure the temperature. Fiber optic grating (FBG) sensor is excellent candidate for measuring temperature of in vivo lesion. In this paper, the investigation on the application of an optical fiber sensor in the field of biomedical engineering was introduced. The main objective of our investigation has been to develop a novel senor based on FBG to measure the temperature of in vivo lesion. Based on the Bragg equation, the temperature sensing properties of fiber optic grating was studied and the affection of central wavelength on the FBG sensing sensitivities have also been analyzed. In order to reduce the error of the FBG sensors system, it is necessary to adopt a good demodulation algorithm to calculate peak wavelength. An experimental system was set up which to test feasibility of the sensor. Among some of the peak detection algorithms, tested by experimental measuring system, the peak detection method by the Gaussian nonlinear curve fitting was finally adopted and the test results showed that the temperature measuring system based on the FBG was in the accuracy of 0.1°C.

  8. Fiber Bragg grating based sensor for measuring temperature of in vivo lesion

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    Mao, Xianhui; Niu, Chunhui; Lu, Yong

    2011-05-01

    Because of the heat-resistant difference between the cancer cell and the normal cell, the normal cell can resistant higher temperature than cancer cell does. Clinical experiments showed that microwave or ultrasonic can effectively cure cancer. But since there is strong electromagnetic interference, the conventional temperature sensor will find itself hard to get the accurate temperature. So it is necessary to find a feasible sensor to measure the temperature. Fiber optic grating (FBG) sensor is excellent candidate for measuring temperature of in vivo lesion. In this paper, the investigation on the application of an optical fiber sensor in the field of biomedical engineering was introduced. The main objective of our investigation has been to develop a novel senor based on FBG to measure the temperature of in vivo lesion. Based on the Bragg equation, the temperature sensing properties of fiber optic grating was studied and the affection of central wavelength on the FBG sensing sensitivities have also been analyzed. In order to reduce the error of the FBG sensors system, it is necessary to adopt a good demodulation algorithm to calculate peak wavelength. An experimental system was set up which to test feasibility of the sensor. Among some of the peak detection algorithms, tested by experimental measuring system, the peak detection method by the Gaussian nonlinear curve fitting was finally adopted and the test results showed that the temperature measuring system based on the FBG was in the accuracy of 0.1°C.

  9. Flow sensor using optical fiber strain gauges

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    Schmitt, Nicolas F.; Morgan, R.; Scully, Patricia J.; Lewis, Elfed; Chandy, Rekha

    1995-09-01

    A novel technique for the measurement of air flow velocity using an optical fiber sensor is reported. The sensor measures the deformation of a rubber cantilever beam when subjected to the stresses induced by drag forces in the presence of the airflow. Tests performed in a wind tunnel have indicated a sensitivity of 2 (mu) /(m/s). A qualitative model based on fiber mode propagation has been developed which allows the sensor to be characterized in terms of optical losses. A single 1 mm diameter polymer fiber is mounted on the rectangular section rubber cantilever (section 14 mm by 6 mm) and six grooves are etched into the fiber which extend into the core of the fiber. As the beam deviates the surface deforms (stretches or contracts) and the fiber is subjected to strain. As the strain is increased the grooves become wider and the amount of light transmitted through the fiber is reduced due to increased losses. The sensor described has all the advantages of optical fiber sensors including electrical noise immunity and intrinsic safety for use in hazardous environments. However, its simple construction, robustness, versatility for a number of different fluid applications, as well as relatively low cost make it attractive for use in a wide variety of measurement applications e.g. wind velocity measurement where airborne moisture or chemicals are present.

  10. Pipeline corrosion assessment using embedded Fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Liang, Xiao; Huang, Ying; Galedari, Sahar Abuali; Azarmi, Fardad

    2015-04-01

    Corrosion is a leading cause of failure in metallic transmission pipelines. It significantly impacts the reliability and safety of metallic pipelines. An accurate assessment of corrosion status of the pipelines would contribute to timely pipeline maintenance and repair and extend the service life of the associated pipelines. To assess pipeline corrosion, various technologies have been investigated and the pipe-to-soil voltage potential measurement was commonly applied. However, remote and real-time corrosion assessment approaches are in urgent needs but yet achieved. Fiber optic sensors, especially, fiber Bragg gating (FBG) sensors, with unique advantages of real-time sensing, compactness, immune to EMI and moisture, capability of quasi-distributed sensing, and long life cycle, will be a perfect candidate for longterm pipeline corrosion assessment. In this study, FBG sensors are embedded inside pipeline external coating for corrosion monitoring of on-shore buried metallic transmission pipelines. Detail sensing principle, sensor calibration and embedment are introduced in this paper together with experimental corrosion evaluation testing ongoing. Upon validation, the developed sensing system could serve the purpose of corrosion monitoring to the numerous metallic pipelines across nation and would possibly reduce the pipeline corrosion induced tragedies.

  11. Thermal strain analysis of optic fiber sensors.

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    Her, Shiuh-Chuan; Huang, Chih-Ying

    2013-01-31

    An optical fiber sensor surface bonded onto a host structure and subjected to a temperature change is analytically studied in this work. The analysis is developed in order to assess the thermal behavior of an optical fiber sensor designed for measuring the strain in the host structure. For a surface bonded optical fiber sensor, the measuring sensitivity is strongly dependent on the bonding characteristics which include the protective coating, adhesive layer and the bonding length. Thermal stresses can be generated due to a mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients between the optical fiber and host structure. The optical fiber thermal strain induced by the host structure is transferred via the adhesive layer and protective coating. In this investigation, an analytical expression of the thermal strain and stress in the optical fiber is presented. The theoretical predictions are validated using the finite element method. Numerical results show that the thermal strain and stress are linearly dependent on the difference in thermal expansion coefficients between the optical fiber and host structure and independent of the thermal expansion coefficients of the adhesive and coating.

  12. Optical response characteristics of strained uniform fiber Bragg grating using laser diode

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    Setiono, Andi; Widiyatmoko, Bambang; Purnamaningsih, Retno Wigajatri

    2015-01-01

    The working principle of the FBG strain sensor using laser diode (λ = 1551.9 - 1553 nm) as a light source is reported. Experimental results show that by straining the bare uniform FBG (λB = 1552 nm) for every 0.01 mm in room temperature, the transmitted and refelcted power were varied according to the state of FBG strains.

  13. Phase grating wavefront curvature sensor based on liquid crystal spatial light modulator

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    Chen, Bo; Li, Xiaoyang; Yang, Xu

    2015-08-01

    The phase grating wavefront curvature sensor based on liquid crystal spatial light modulator is introduced. A close-loop phase retrieval method based on Eigen functions of Laplacian is proposed, and its accuracy and efficiency are analyzed through numerical experiments of atmospheric phase retrieval. The results show that the close-loop phase retrieval method has a high accuracy. Moreover, it is stable regardless of modal cross coupling.

  14. Small biomolecule immunosensing with plasmonic optical fiber grating sensor.

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    Ribaut, Clotilde; Voisin, Valérie; Malachovská, Viera; Dubois, Valentin; Mégret, Patrice; Wattiez, Ruddy; Caucheteur, Christophe

    2016-03-15

    This study reports on the development of a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) optical fiber biosensor based on tilted fiber Bragg grating technology for direct detection of small biomarkers of interest for lung cancer diagnosis. Since SPR principle relies on the refractive index modifications to sensitively detect mass changes at the gold coated surface, we have proposed here a comparative study in relation to the target size. Two cytokeratin 7 (CK7) samples with a molecular weight ranging from 78 kDa to 2.6 kDa, respectively CK7 full protein and CK7 peptide, have been used for label-free monitoring. This work has first consisted in the elaboration and the characterization of a robust and reproducible bioreceptor, based on antibody/antigen cross-linking. Immobilized antibodies were then utilized as binding agents to investigate the sensitivity of the biosensor towards the two CK7 antigens. Results have highlighted a very good sensitivity of the biosensor response for both samples diluted in phosphate buffer with a higher limit of detection for the larger CK7 full protein. The most groundbreaking nature of this study relies on the detection of small biomolecule CK7 peptides in buffer and in the presence of complex media such as serum, achieving a limit of detection of 0.4 nM.

  15. Self-sensing concrete-filled FRP tube using FBG strain sensor

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    Yan, Xin; Li, Hui

    2007-01-01

    Concrete-filled fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) tube is a type of newly developed structural column. It behaves brittle failure at its peak strength, and so the health monitoring on the hoop strain of the FRP tube is essential for the life cycle safety of the structure. Herein, the optic fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensor was chosen as the strain measuring gauge and embedded in the inter-ply of fibers in the middle height and the hoop direction of the FRP tube. The compressive behaviors of the concrete-filled FRP tubes were experimentally studied. The hoop strain of the FRP tube was recorded in real time using the embedded FBG strain sensor as well as the embedded or surface electric resistance strain gauges. Results indicated that the FBG strain sensor can faithfully record the hoop strain ofthe concrete-filled FRP tubes in compression as compared with the embedded or surface electric resistance strain gauges, and the strain recorded can reach more than 7000μɛ.

  16. Acoustic emission sensor system using a chirped fiber-Bragg-grating Fabry-Perot interferometer and smart feedback control.

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    Zhang, Qi; Zhu, Yupeng; Luo, Xiangyu; Liu, Guigen; Han, Ming

    2017-02-01

    We demonstrate a fiber-optic acoustic emission (AE) sensor system that is capable of performing AE detection, even when the sensor is experiencing large quasi-static strains. The sensor is a Fabry-Perot interferometer formed by cascaded chirped fiber-Bragg gratings (CFBGs). The reflection spectrum of the sensor features a number of narrow spectral notches equally spaced within the reflection bandwidth of the CFBG. A semiconductor laser whose wavelength can be fast tuned through current injection is used to lock the laser line to the center of a slope of a spectral notch. When the notch is knocked out of the tuning range of the laser, a neighboring notch moves into the range. Through a smart feedback control scheme, the laser is unlocked from the current spectral lock and relocked to the desired point of the new notch. The fast speed of the unlocking/relocking process (<1  ms) ensures that the AE signal is monitored without significant disruption.

  17. Corrosion induced strain monitoring through fibre optic sensors

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    Grattan, S. K. T.; Basheer, P. A. M.; Taylor, S. E.; Zhao, W.; Sun, T.; Grattan, K. T. V.

    2007-10-01

    The use of strain sensors is commonplace within civil engineering. Fibre optic strain sensors offer a number of advantages over the current electrical resistance type gauges. In this paper the use of fibre optic strain sensors and electrical resistance gauges to monitor the production of corrosion by-products has been investigated and reported.

  18. Measurement of Surface Strains from a Composite Hydrofoil using Fibre Bragg Grating Sensing Arrays

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    2015-07-01

    R118 resin used in conjunction with the long pot life H103 hardener (supplied by ATL Composites ). The foil was produced in two halves and then...The recommended cure cycle for Redux 312 is 30 minutes at 120 °C which is too high for many epoxy resin based composite systems. However, there are...UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED Measurement of Surface Strains from a Composite Hydrofoil using Fibre Bragg Grating Sensing Arrays Claire

  19. Strain energy harvesting for wireless sensor networks

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    Churchill, David L.; Hamel, Michael J.; Townsend, Christopher P.; Arms, Steven W.

    2003-07-01

    Our goal was to demonstrate a robust strain energy harvesting system for powering an embedded wireless sensor network without batteries. A composite material specimen was laminated with unidirectional aligned piezoelectric fibers (PZT5A, 250 um, overall 13x10x.38 mm). The fibers were embedded within a resin matrix for damage tolerance (Advanced Cerametrics, Lambertville, NJ). A foil strain gauge (Micro-Measurements, Raleigh, NC) was bonded to the piezoelectric fiber and shunt calibrated. The specimen was loaded in three point cyclic bending (75 to 300 μɛ peak) using an electrodynamic actuator operating at 60,120, and 180 Hz. Strain energy was stored by rectifying piezoelectric fiber output into a capacitor bank. When the capacitor voltage reached a preset threshold, charge was transferred to an integrated, embeddable wireless sensor node (StrainLink, MicroStrain, Inc., Williston, VT). Nodes include: 16 bit A/D converter w/programmable gain and filter, 5 single ended or 3 differential sensor inputs, microcontroller w/16 bit address, on-board EEPROM, and 418 MHz FSK RF transmitter. Transmission range was 1/3 mile (LOS, 1/4 wavelength antennas, 12 milliamps at +3 VDC). The RF receiver included EEPROM, XML output, and Ethernet connectivity. Received data from network nodes are parsed according to their individual addresses. The times required to accumulate sufficient charge to accomplish data transmission was evaluated. For peak strains of 150 μɛ, the time to transmit was 30 to 160 seconds (for 180 to 60 Hz tests).

  20. Accurate strain measurements with fiber Bragg sensors and wavelength references

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    Rivera, E.; Thomson, D. J.

    2006-04-01

    Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors are one of many fiber optic sensor technologies that are currently being used in structural health monitoring systems. The sensors operate by detecting a shift in the wavelength of the reflected maxima due to applied strain. This paper studies a new fiber Bragg interrogation method that combines a swept wavelength laser in combination with wavelength references. These include a gas cell which is used as the long term wavelength standard and an etalon used for accurate interpolation of peak wavelengths. An etalon is essentially a filter that has a periodic response over a broad wavelength range. Since its wavelength response spacing is smaller than the gas cell, it can be used to determine the intermediate wavelengths between two gas cell absorption lines. Peak location is a key element of this interrogation method and several detection algorithms are investigated. It was determined that polynomial peak fitting is the most computationally efficient method and yields a resolution of better than 0.5 pm with signal to noise ratios of 30:1 or better. With higher signal to noise ratios, polynomial peak fitting can yield a resolution of better than 0.25 pm. Using a tunable laser, a hydrogen cyanide (HCN) gas cell and an etalon with maxima every 140 pm, static load tests have demonstrated a resolution of 1 pm and an accuracy of less than 5 pm. Also, this accuracy will be maintained over a long period of time as it is based on absorption lines in the gas cell. The results of this study demonstrate that absolute accurate strain measurements can be obtained with the use of wavelength references in conjunction with a suitable peak location algorithm.

  1. Nonlinear-programming optimized fiber Bragg grating based force-torque-sensor with six degrees of freedom

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    Müller, Mathias S.; Hoffmann, Lars; Buck, Thorbjörn C.; Wojtech, Rolf; Koch, Alexander W.

    2011-05-01

    Force-torque sensors are key elements in modern force feedback and robotic control applications. For special applications resistance against electromagnetic interference, high amount of load cycles or chemical resistance are important. For these applications, fiber-Bragg-grating based force torque sensors have been seen as possible solutions. Yet the implementation of a force-torque-sensor with six degrees of freedom and well conditioned sensitivities is still lacking demonstration. In this work, we demonstrate the design of a miniaturized fiber-Bragg-grating based force-torque sensor with six degrees of freedom using a numerical nonlinear programming technique. We implement the optimized structure and show its feasibility and sensitivity.

  2. Theoretical investigation of temperature optical sensor setup with spectrally adjusted fiber Bragg gratings

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    Madry, Mateusz; Bereś-Pawlik, ElŻbieta

    2015-12-01

    In this work we would like to exhibit theoretical investigation of correlated fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) for sensor applications. The spectra of FBGs have been simulated so as to overlap each other. There have been performed analysis of reflected optical power for different sensing FBGs using self-written program. Different width of scanning FBGs have been applied in order to obtain various response of sensor setup. The comparison study of these FBGs have been done. This work presents the results of simulations for reflected optical power with regard to different temperatures surrounding sensing FBGs.

  3. Interrogation of fiber Bragg grating sensors using a VCSEL and correlation techniques

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    Triana, Cristian; Varón, Margarita; Pastor, Daniel

    2015-09-01

    We describe a demodulation technique for optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors based in the utilization of a long wavelength Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL). The identification of the FBG wavelength is performed by sweeping the VCSEL wavelength over the operation range of the sensors and correlating its raising and falling periods in order to automatically determine the initial and final points of the wavelength to time mapping readout. The process is carried out by a simple computational routine, which allows the identification of the FBGs' spectral position leading to a cost-effective scheme.

  4. Improved response time of laser etched polymer optical fiber Bragg grating humidity sensor

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    Zhang, Wei; Chen, Xianfeng; Liu, Chen; Lu, Yuanfu; Cardoso, Marcos; Webb, David J.

    2015-09-01

    The humidity sensor made of polymer optical fiber Bragg grating (POFBG) responds to the water content change in fiber induced by the change of environmental condition. The response time strongly depends on fiber size as the water change is a diffusion process. The ultrashort laser pulses have been providing an effective microfabrication method to achieve spatial localized modification in materials. In this work we used the excimer laser to create different microstructures (slot, D-shape) in POFBG to improve its performance. A significant improvement in the response time has been achieved in a laser etched D-shaped POFBG humidity sensor.

  5. Alternate dual pulses technique for fiber Bragg grating Ultra-multi-point strain measurement

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    Gong, Xin; Hua, Dengxin; Zhang, Pengbo; Hu, Liaolin; Wang, Yufeng

    2013-01-01

    The research of ultra-multi-point strain detection is one of the important topics at the forefront of optical fiber sensing technology. A newly ultra-multi-point strain measurement system was designed based on optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR) and Fiber Bragg Grating. Two distributed feedback (DFB) lasers is proposed as laser source to generate the alternately pulsed light, and transmitted to a serial of fiber Bragg gratings with the same low-reflectivity and bandwidth. By the means of the strength of each reflectance spectrum and its return time of signals, the magnitude and location of strain can be accurately determined, and the numerical simulation shows that more than 1000 FBGs can be multiplexed in OTDR-FBG strain measurement system for a larger strain measurement range. Furthermore, the corresponding driving circuits for nanosecond pulse and temperature control circuits are designed for laser pulse modulation and frequency stabilization control. A OTDR-FBG strain measurement system is developed by using 10 FBGs with the reflectivity of less than 5%, and the system distance resolution of 43 cm is obtained, which verified the feasibility of the system.

  6. Development of a parallel demodulation system used for extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer and fiber Bragg grating sensors.

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    Jiang, Junfeng; Liu, Tiegen; Zhang, Yimo; Liu, Lina; Zha, Ying; Zhang, Fan; Wang, Yunxin; Long, Pin

    2006-01-20

    A parallel demodulation system for extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer (EFPI) and fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors is presented, which is based on a Michelson interferometer and combines the methods of low-coherence interference and a Fourier-transform spectrum. The parallel demodulation theory is modeled with Fourier-transform spectrum technology, and a signal separation method with an EFPI and FBG is proposed. The design of an optical path difference scanning and sampling method without a reference light is described. Experiments show that the parallel demodulation system has good spectrum demodulation and low-coherence interference demodulation performance. It can realize simultaneous strain and temperature measurements while keeping the whole system configuration less complex.

  7. Towards a Uniform Metrological Assessment of Grating-Based Optical Fiber Sensors: From Refractometers to Biosensors

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    Chiavaioli, Francesco; Gouveia, Carlos A. J.; Jorge, Pedro A. S.; Baldini, Francesco

    2017-01-01

    A metrological assessment of grating-based optical fiber sensors is proposed with the aim of providing an objective evaluation of the performance of this sensor category. Attention was focused on the most common parameters, used to describe the performance of both optical refractometers and biosensors, which encompassed sensitivity, with a distinction between volume or bulk sensitivity and surface sensitivity, resolution, response time, limit of detection, specificity (or selectivity), reusability (or regenerability) and some other parameters of generic interest, such as measurement uncertainty, accuracy, precision, stability, drift, repeatability and reproducibility. Clearly, the concepts discussed here can also be applied to any resonance-based sensor, thus providing the basis for an easier and direct performance comparison of a great number of sensors published in the literature up to now. In addition, common mistakes present in the literature made for the evaluation of sensor performance are highlighted, and lastly a uniform performance assessment is discussed and provided. Finally, some design strategies will be proposed to develop a grating-based optical fiber sensing scheme with improved performance. PMID:28635665

  8. The application of a long period grating sensors to human respiratory plethysmography

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    Allsop, T.; Carroll, K.; Webb, D. J.; Bennion, I.; Miller, Martin

    2007-07-01

    A series of nine in-line curvature sensors on a garment are used to monitor the thoracic and abdominal movements of a human during respiration for application to Human Respiratory Plethysmography. These results are used to obtain volumetric tidal changes of the human torso which show agreement with data from a spirometer used simultaneously to recorded the inspired and expired volume at the mouth during both rhythmic and transient breathing patterns. The curvature sensors are based upon long period gratings which are written in a progressive three layered fibre to render them insensitive to refractive index changes. The sensor consists of the long period grating laid upon a carbon fibre ribbon, with this then encapsulated in a low temperature curing silicone rubber. The sensing array is multiplexed and interrogated using a derivative spectroscopy based technique to monitor the response of the LPGs' attenuation bands to curvature. The versatility of this scheme is demonstrated by applying the same garment and sensors to various human body types and sizes. It was also found from statistical analysis of the sensing array data, in conjunction with the measurements taken with a spirometer, that 11 to 12 sensors should be required to obtain an absolute volumetric error of 5%.

  9. Towards a Uniform Metrological Assessment of Grating-Based Optical Fiber Sensors: From Refractometers to Biosensors.

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    Chiavaioli, Francesco; Gouveia, Carlos A J; Jorge, Pedro A S; Baldini, Francesco

    2017-06-21

    A metrological assessment of grating-based optical fiber sensors is proposed with the aim of providing an objective evaluation of the performance of this sensor category. Attention was focused on the most common parameters, used to describe the performance of both optical refractometers and biosensors, which encompassed sensitivity, with a distinction between volume or bulk sensitivity and surface sensitivity, resolution, response time, limit of detection, specificity (or selectivity), reusability (or regenerability) and some other parameters of generic interest, such as measurement uncertainty, accuracy, precision, stability, drift, repeatability and reproducibility. Clearly, the concepts discussed here can also be applied to any resonance-based sensor, thus providing the basis for an easier and direct performance comparison of a great number of sensors published in the literature up to now. In addition, common mistakes present in the literature made for the evaluation of sensor performance are highlighted, and lastly a uniform performance assessment is discussed and provided. Finally, some design strategies will be proposed to develop a grating-based optical fiber sensing scheme with improved performance.

  10. Fiber Bragg grating sensor to monitor stress kinetics in drying process of commercial latex paints.

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    de Lourenço, Ivo; Possetti, Gustavo R C; Muller, Marcia; Fabris, José L

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we report a study about the application of packaged fiber Bragg gratings used as strain sensors to monitor the stress kinetics during the drying process of commercial latex paints. Three stages of drying with distinct mechanical deformation and temporal behaviors were identified for the samples, with mechanical deformation from 15 μm to 21 μm in the longitudinal film dimension on time intervals from 370 to 600 minutes. Drying time tests based on human sense technique described by the Brazilian Technical Standards NBR 9558 were also done. The results obtained shows that human sense technique has a limited perception of the drying process and that the optical measurement system proposed can be used to characterize correctly the dry-through stage of paint. The influence of solvent (water) addition in the drying process was also investigated. The paint was diluted with four parts paint and one part water (80% paint), and one part paint and one part water (50% paint). It was observed that the increase of the water ratio mixed into the paint decreases both the mechanical deformation magnitude and the paint dry-through time. Contraction of 5.2 μm and 10.4 μm were measured for concentrations of 50% and 80% of paint in the mixture, respectively. For both diluted paints the dry-through time was approximately 170 minutes less than undiluted paint. The optical technique proposed in this work can contribute to the development of new standards to specify the drying time of paint coatings.

  11. Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor to Monitor Stress Kinetics in Drying Process of Commercial Latex Paints

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    de Lourenço, Ivo; Possetti, Gustavo R. C.; Muller, Marcia; Fabris, José L.

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we report a study about the application of packaged fiber Bragg gratings used as strain sensors to monitor the stress kinetics during the drying process of commercial latex paints. Three stages of drying with distinct mechanical deformation and temporal behaviors were identified for the samples, with mechanical deformation from 15 μm to 21 μm in the longitudinal film dimension on time intervals from 370 to 600 minutes. Drying time tests based on human sense technique described by the Brazilian Technical Standards NBR 9558 were also done. The results obtained shows that human sense technique has a limited perception of the drying process and that the optical measurement system proposed can be used to characterize correctly the dry-through stage of paint. The influence of solvent (water) addition in the drying process was also investigated. The paint was diluted with four parts paint and one part water (80% paint), and one part paint and one part water (50% paint). It was observed that the increase of the water ratio mixed into the paint decreases both the mechanical deformation magnitude and the paint dry-through time. Contraction of 5.2 μm and 10.4 μm were measured for concentrations of 50% and 80% of paint in the mixture, respectively. For both diluted paints the dry-through time was approximately 170 minutes less than undiluted paint. The optical technique proposed in this work can contribute to the development of new standards to specify the drying time of paint coatings. PMID:22399906

  12. A Fiber Bragg Grating Temperature Sensor for 2-400 K

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    Zaynetdinov, Madrakhim; See, Erich M.; Geist, Brian; Ciovati, Gianluigi; Robinson, Hans D.; Kochergin, Vladimir

    2015-03-01

    We demonstrate fiber optic, multiplexible temperature sensing using a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) with an operational range of 2-400 K, and a temperature resolution better than 10 mK for temperatures < 12 K. This represents a significant reduction in the lowest usable temperature as well as a significant increase in sensitivity at cryogenic temperatures compared with previously reported multiplexible solutions. This is accomplished by mounting the section of the fiber with a FBG on a polytetrafluoroethylene coupon, which has a non-negligible coefficient of thermal expansion down to < 4 K. The sensors exhibit a good stability over multiple temperature cycles and acceptable sensor-to-sensor repeatability. Possible applications for this sensor include distributed temperature sensing across superconducting elements and cryogenic temperature measurements in environments where electrical measurements are impractical or unsafe.

  13. Ultrasonic sensor employing two cascaded phase-shifted fiber Bragg gratings suitable for multiplexing.

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    Wu, Qi; Okabe, Yoji

    2012-08-15

    An ultrasonic sensor based on two cascaded phase-shifted fiber Bragg gratings (PS-FBGs) is proposed and demonstrated. In place of an external cavity laser, a broadband amplified spontaneous emission light source is used to demonstrate multiplexing ability suitable for sensor networks. The system has a high sensitivity to ultrasonic waves generated by a PZT actuator placed 7.5 cm away from the PS-FBG, because of the steep slope in the center of the PS-FBG spectrum. A second advantage of the phase shift is to reduce the effective sensor length, leading to the achievement of broadband characteristics. A pencil lead break test was performed and all results are compared to a traditional PZT sensor.

  14. Self-sensing concrete-filled FRP tubes using FBG strain sensors

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    Yan, Xin; Li, Hui

    2007-07-01

    Concrete-filled fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) tube is a type of newly developed structural column. It behaves brittle failure at its peak strength, and so the health monitoring on the hoop strain of the FRP tube is essential for the life cycle safety of the structure. Herein, three types of FRP tubes including 5-ply tube, 2-ply tube with local reinforcement and FRP-steel composite tube were embedded with the optic fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors in the inter-ply of FRP or the interface between FRP and steel in the middle height and the hoop direction. The compressive behaviors of the concrete-filled FRP tubes were experimentally studied. The hoop strains of the FRP tubes were recorded in real time using the embedded FBG strain sensors as well as the embedded or surface electric resistance strain gauges. Results indicated that the FBG strain sensors can faithfully record the hoop strains of the FRP tubes in compression as compared with the embedded or surface electric resistance strain gauges, and the strains recorded can reach more than μɛ.

  15. Research on robot navigation vision sensor based on grating projection stereo vision

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    Zhang, Xiaoling; Luo, Yinsheng; Lin, Yuchi; Zhu, Lei

    2016-10-01

    A novel visual navigation method based on grating projection stereo vision for mobile robot in dark environment is proposed. This method is combining with grating projection profilometry of plane structured light and stereo vision technology. It can be employed to realize obstacle detection, SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) and vision odometry for mobile robot navigation in dark environment without the image match in stereo vision technology and without phase unwrapping in the grating projection profilometry. First, we research the new vision sensor theoretical, and build geometric and mathematical model of the grating projection stereo vision system. Second, the computational method of 3D coordinates of space obstacle in the robot's visual field is studied, and then the obstacles in the field is located accurately. The result of simulation experiment and analysis shows that this research is useful to break the current autonomous navigation problem of mobile robot in dark environment, and to provide the theoretical basis and exploration direction for further study on navigation of space exploring robot in the dark and without GPS environment.

  16. Simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain based on composite long-period fiber grating

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    Tong, Chengguo; Hu, Qihao; He, Jiang; Chen, XuDong; Geng, Tao; Bao, Zhanjing; Li, Zixuan; Yang, Wenlei; Sun, Weimin

    2016-11-01

    Long period fiber grating is a kind of transmission type optical fiber grating. Due to the advantages such as low insertion loss, wide bandwidth, low-level reflection, high sensitivity, low cost and ease of compactness, LPFGs have been widely applied in optical fiber sensing and optical fiber communication. The Mode coupling of LPFG is the coupling between the fiber core mode and the cladding mode in the same transmission direction. If the ordinary LPFG is combined with bitaper or taper, we can effectively change the original LPFG's transmission spectrum to obtain the composite LPFG, which can stimulate new resonant peaks in the original wavelength-dependent transmission loss of the grating basis, thus applying to the dual-parameter simultaneously measuring field. We report a novel all-fiber narrow-bandwidth intermodal Mach- Zehnder interferometer (MZI) based on a long-period fiber grating (LPFG) combined with a fiber bitaper. The LPFG is written by high-frequency CO2 laser pulses, and the bitaper is connected in series with the LPFG, forming the Mach- Zehnder interferometer (MZI). Experimental results indicate that the MZI has good temperature sensitivity, The temperature sensitivity of the two loss peaks are 55.35pm/°C and 48.18pm/°C respectively. The strain sensitivity of the two loss peaks are 3.35pm/μɛ and -4.925pm/μɛ respectively. By using the different temperature and strain response characteristics of the loss peaks, the temperature and strain measurement can be realized simultaneously. the proposed device has good repeatability and stability, which would be a promising candidate for precise dual-parameter sensing application.

  17. Self-Repairing Polymer Optical Fiber Strain Sensor

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    Song, Young Jun

    This research develops a self-repairing polymer optical fiber strain sensor for structural health monitoring applications where the sensor network must survive under extreme conditions. Inspired by recent research in self-healing material systems, this dissertation demonstrates a self-repairing strain sensor waveguide, created by self-writing in a photopolymerizable resin system. In an initial configuration, the waveguide sensor was fabricated between two multi-mode (MM) optical fibers via ultraviolet (UV) lightwaves in the UV curable resin and operated as a strain sensor by interrogation of the infrared (IR) power transmission through the waveguide. After failure of the sensor occurred due to loading, the waveguide re-bridged the gap between the two optical fibers through the UV resin. The response of the waveguide sensors was sensitive to the applied strain and repeatable during multiple loading cycles with low observed hysteresis, however was not always monotonic. The strain response of the original sensor and the self-repaired sensor showed similar behaviors. Packaging the sensor in a polymer capillary improved the performance of the sensor by removing previous "no-response" zones. The resulting sensor output was monotonic throughout the measurement range. The hysteresis in the sensor behavior between multiple loading cycles was also significantly reduced. However, a jump in sensor output voltage was observed after the sensor self-repair process, which presents challenges for calibration of the sensor. The sensor configuration was modified to a Fabry-Perot interferometer to improve the sensor response. The measurable strain range was extended through multiple sensor self-repairs, and strain measurements were demonstrated up to 150% applied tensile strain. A hybrid sensor was fabricated by splicing a short segment of MM optical fiber to the input single-mode (SM) optical fiber. The hybrid sensor provided the high quality of waveguide fabrication previously

  18. Tunnel Magnetoresistance Sensors with Magnetostrictive Electrodes: Strain Sensors

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    Tavassolizadeh, Ali; Rott, Karsten; Meier, Tobias; Quandt, Eckhard; Hölscher, Hendrik; Reiss, Günter; Meyners, Dirk

    2016-01-01

    Magnetostrictive tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) sensors pose a bright perspective in micro- and nano-scale strain sensing technology. The behavior of TMR sensors under mechanical stress as well as their sensitivity to the applied stress depends on the magnetization configuration of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ)s with respect to the stress axis. Here, we propose a configuration resulting in an inverse effect on the tunnel resistance by tensile and compressive stresses. Numerical simulations, based on a modified Stoner–Wohlfarth (SW) model, are performed in order to understand the magnetization reversal of the sense layer and to find out the optimum bias magnetic field required for high strain sensitivity. At a bias field of −3.2 kA/m under a 0.2×10-3 strain, gauge factors of 2294 and −311 are calculated under tensile and compressive stresses, respectively. Modeling results are investigated experimentally on a round junction with a diameter of 30±0.2μm using a four-point bending apparatus. The measured field and strain loops exhibit nearly the same trends as the calculated ones. Also, the gauge factors are in the same range. The junction exhibits gauge factors of 2150±30 and −260 for tensile and compressive stresses, respectively, under a −3.2 kA/m bias magnetic field. The agreement of the experimental and modeling results approves the proposed configuration for high sensitivity and ability to detect both tensile and compressive stresses by a single TMR sensor. PMID:27845708

  19. Compact Optical Fiber 3D Shape Sensor Based on a Pair of Orthogonal Tilted Fiber Bragg Gratings

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    Feng, Dingyi; Zhou, Wenjun; Qiao, Xueguang; Albert, Jacques

    2015-11-01

    In this work, a compact fiber-optic 3D shape sensor consisting of two serially connected 2° tilted fiber Bragg gratings (TFBGs) is proposed, where the orientations of the grating planes of the two TFBGs are orthogonal. The measurement of the reflective transmission spectrum from the pair of TFBGs was implemented by Fresnel reflection of the cleaved fiber end. The two groups of cladding mode resonances in the reflection spectrum respond differentially to bending, which allows for the unique determination of the magnitude and orientation of the bend plane (i.e. with a ± 180 degree uncertainty). Bending responses ranging from -0.33 to + 0.21 dB/m-1 (depending on orientation) are experimentally demonstrated with bending from 0 to 3.03 m-1. In the third (axial) direction, the strain is obtained directly by the shift of the TFBG Bragg wavelengths with a sensitivity of 1.06 pm/μɛ.

  20. Volume holographic gratings as optical sensor for heavy metal in bathing waters

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    Bianco, G.; Ferrara, M. A.; Borbone, F.; Zuppardi, F.; Roviello, A.; Striano, V.; Coppola, G.

    2015-05-01

    Sensor holograms utilize the diffraction principle of transmitting volume holographic grating (VHG) recorded within a photopolymer appositely functionalized to detect a specific stimulus or analyte. A change in the swelling or shrinking state or cross-linking density of the polymer can be caused by the hologram interaction with an analyte. This leads to a change in the recorded hologram sensor and thus, considering an incident monochromatic light and the VHG angular selectivity, to an angle shift of the diffracted maximum intensity. In this work, two new photopolymers based on a sol-gel matrix opportunely functionalized to be sensitive to transition metals or heavy metals were used as sensitive material to record VHGs. An interferometric set up with a laser source at 532nm was used to record VHGs and gratings of 1000 lines/mm were realized. When exposed to a solution of water and lead, an angle shift of about 3° of the first order diffraction of the grating was measured, demonstrating its capability to reveal the presence of heavy metal in water.

  1. Adaptive grating interferometric sensor for NDE metrology in high energy electromagnetic environment

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    Dovgalenko, George; Altintepe, Kadir; Bodnar, Michael; Prokop, Joseph

    2016-08-01

    CCD cameras and CMOS devices are the major electronic components of industrial metrology, which are vulnerable to high level electromagnetic exposure. Typical sources of exposure of electronics to ionizing radiation are the Van Allen radiation belts for satellites, nuclear reactors in power plants for sensors and control circuits, particle accelerators for control electronics particularly particle detector devices, residual radiation from isotopes in chip packaging materials, cosmic radiation for spacecraft and highaltitude aircraft, and nuclear explosions for potentially all military and civilian electronics. A total dose 5 ×103 rad was delivered to silicon-based devices in seconds to minutes caused long-term degradation. We demonstrated adaptive grating, 3D image sensor for NDE metrology which is non vulnerable for high level X-Ray1 and 3 × 106 rad gamma radiation exposure. Sensor is based on adaptive holographic grating generated by 632.8 nm He-Ne laser - in doped electro optic Bismuth Titanate (BTO) monocrystal. Mathematical algorithm of bipolar model conductivity in BTO crystal has been applied for experimental analyses. Applications of proposed sensor for airspace, military, nuclear and civil engineering industries have been discussed.

  2. Study on the Deformation Measurement of the Cast-In-Place Large-Diameter Pile Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Gao, Lei; Yang, Kai; Chen, Xiaorui; Yu, Xiangjuan

    2017-01-01

    Compared with conventional piles such as the circle pile, the cast-in-place large-diameter pile (PCC pile) has many advantages: the lateral area of PCC pile is larger and the bearing capacity of PCC pile is higher. It is more cost-effective than other piles such as square pile under the same condition. The deformation of the PCC pile is very important for its application. In order to obtain the deformation of the PCC pile, a new type of quasi-distributed optical fiber sensing technology named a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is used to monitor the deformation of the PCC pile. The PCC model pile is made, the packaging process of the PCC model pile and the layout of fiber sensors are designed, and the strains of the PCC model pile based on FBG sensors are monitored. The strain of the PCC pile is analyzed by the static load test. The results show that FBG technology is successfully applied for monitoring the deformation of the PCC pile, the monitoring data is more useful for the PCC pile. It will provide a reference for the engineering applications. PMID:28273817

  3. Study on the Deformation Measurement of the Cast-In-Place Large-Diameter Pile Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors.

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    Gao, Lei; Yang, Kai; Chen, Xiaorui; Yu, Xiangjuan

    2017-03-03

    Compared with conventional piles such as the circle pile, the cast-in-place large-diameter pile (PCC pile) has many advantages: the lateral area of PCC pile is larger and the bearing capacity of PCC pile is higher. It is more cost-effective than other piles such as square pile under the same condition. The deformation of the PCC pile is very important for its application. In order to obtain the deformation of the PCC pile, a new type of quasi-distributed optical fiber sensing technology named a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is used to monitor the deformation of the PCC pile. The PCC model pile is made, the packaging process of the PCC model pile and the layout of fiber sensors are designed, and the strains of the PCC model pile based on FBG sensors are monitored. The strain of the PCC pile is analyzed by the static load test. The results show that FBG technology is successfully applied for monitoring the deformation of the PCC pile, the monitoring data is more useful for the PCC pile. It will provide a reference for the engineering applications.

  4. Long period fiber grating based refractive index sensor with enhanced sensitivity using Michelson interferometric arrangement

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    Singh, Amit

    2015-06-01

    The long period fiber grating (LPFG) is widely used as a sensor due to its high sensitivity and resolution. However, the broad bandwidth of the attenuation bands formed by the mode coupling between the fundamental core mode and the cladding modes constitutes a difficulty when the device is used as a conventional sensor. To overcome this limitation, a Michelson interferometer-type sensor configuration has been developed, using an LPFG grating pair formed by coating a mirror at the distal end of the LPFG. This sensor configuration is more convenient to use and is able to overcome the limitations of the single LPFG based sensor as the shifts in the attenuation bands being more easily detectable due to the formation of the sharp spectral fringe pattern in the LPFG based Michelson interferometer. In this work, I studied the LPFG based Michelson interferometer as the refractive index sensor and discussed the sensitivity enhancement of the LPFG based Michelson interferometer as a refractive index sensor by employing higher order cladding modes and by reducing the cladding radius. The results demonstrated the HE17 mode with a cladding radius of 62.5 μm, in the range of surrounding refractive index (SRI) of 1-1.45, and its resonant peak showed a wavelength shift of 26.99 nm/RIU. When the cladding region was further reduced to 24 μm, the resonant peak showed a wavelength shift of 569.88 nm/RIU, resulting in a sensitivity enhancement of nearly 21 times. However, as the cladding region was etched further, then the HE17 order cladding mode and higher mode would be cut off. Therefore, the implementation of high sensitivity for SRI sensing with the reduced cladding in the LPFG based Michelson interferometer is dependent on the proper combination of the cladding radius and cladding mode order.

  5. Experimental modal analysis and dynamic strain fiber Bragg gratings for structural health monitoring of composite antenna sub-reflector

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    Panopoulou, A.; Fransen, S.; Gomez-Molinero, V.; Kostopoulos, V.

    2013-09-01

    The objective of this work is to develop a new structural health monitoring system for composite aerospace structures based on dynamic response strain measurements and experimental modal analysis techniques. Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) optical sensors were used for monitoring the dynamic response of the composite structure. The structural dynamic behavior has been numerically simulated and experimentally verified by means of vibration testing. The hypothesis of all vibration tests was that actual damage in composites reduces their stiffness and produces an eigenfrequency shifting to lower values in the same sense as mass increase produces. Thus, damage was simulated by slightly varying locally the mass of the structure at different zones. The correlation between the simulated damage and the loss of stiffness was analytically defined. Experimental modal analysis based on the strain responses was conducted and the extracted strain mode shapes were the input for the damage detection expert system. A feed-forward back propagation neural network was the core of the damage detection system. The features-input to the neural network consisted of the strain mode shapes, extracted from the experimental modal analysis. Dedicated training and validation activities were carried out based on the experimental results. The system showed high reliability, confirmed by the ability of the neural network to recognize the size and the position of damage on the structure. The experiments were performed on a real structure i.e. a lightweight antenna sub-reflector, manufactured and tested at EADS CASA ESPACIO. An integrated FBG sensor network, based on the advantage of multiplexing, was mounted on the structure with optimum topology. Numerical simulation was used as a support tool at all the steps of the work. Potential applications for the proposed system are during ground qualification extensive tests of space structures and during the mission as modal analysis tool on board, being able

  6. Experimental Modal Analysis and Dynaic Strain Fiber Bragg Gratings for Structural Health Monitoring of Composite Aerospace Structures

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    Panopoulou, A.; Fransen, S.; Gomez Molinero, V.; Kostopoulos, V.

    2012-07-01

    The objective of this work is to develop a new structural health monitoring system for composite aerospace structures based on dynamic response strain measurements and experimental modal analysis techniques. Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) optical sensors were used for monitoring the dynamic response of the composite structure. The structural dynamic behaviour has been numerically simulated and experimentally verified by means of vibration testing. The hypothesis of all vibration tests was that actual damage in composites reduces their stiffness and produces the same result as mass increase produces. Thus, damage was simulated by slightly varying locally the mass of the structure at different zones. Experimental modal analysis based on the strain responses was conducted and the extracted strain mode shapes were the input for the damage detection expert system. A feed-forward back propagation neural network was the core of the damage detection system. The features-input to the neural network consisted of the strain mode shapes, extracted from the experimental modal analysis. Dedicated training and validation activities were carried out based on the experimental results. The system showed high reliability, confirmed by the ability of the neural network to recognize the size and the position of damage on the structure. The experiments were performed on a real structure i.e. a lightweight antenna sub- reflector, manufactured and tested at EADS CASA ESPACIO. An integrated FBG sensor network, based on the advantage of multiplexing, was mounted on the structure with optimum topology. Numerical simulation of both structures was used as a support tool at all the steps of the work. Potential applications for the proposed system are during ground qualification extensive tests of space structures and during the mission as modal analysis tool on board, being able via the FBG responses to identify a potential failure.

  7. Fiber Bragg grating fabrication for the implementation of sensors in the electronics and optoelectronics laboratory at BUAP

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    Bracamontes Rodríguez, Y. E.; Beltrán Pérez, G.; Castillo Mixcóatl, J.; Muñoz Aguirre, S.

    2011-09-01

    Fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) are important optical devices since they have been quite successful not only in the field of communications but also in sensor systems and optical fiber lasers. In the sensors area they are generally used as detection elements for different physical parameters such as temperature, strain, flow, etc. In the electronics and optoelectronics laboratory at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (LEyO-BUAP), there are already experimental setups of sensors as well as laser systems, where FBGs are fundamental elements for their adequate performance. However, these FBGs are commercial devices and they present limited characteristics in their transmission profiles, bandwidth and reflectivity. On the other hand, in some occasions, the delivery time from the fabricant to the customer is quite long. Therefore, it is important for LEyO to implement a system to fabricate this kind of devices, which would mean LEyO independence in the technological development. In this work, results of FBGs fabrication based on the phase mask technique are presented. Such mask is optimized for UV and it has a period of 1060 nm. A Nd:YAG pulsed laser with a 5 ns pulse length and an energy of 40 mJ was used as the UV source employing the 4th harmonic generation to obtain a 266 nm wavelength. Ge-doped fiber was used to fabricate the devices.

  8. Development of a FBG based distributed strain sensor system for wind turbine structural health monitoring

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    Arsenault, Tyler J.; Achuthan, Ajit; Marzocca, Pier; Grappasonni, Chiara; Coppotelli, Giuliano

    2013-07-01

    The development of a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) based distributed strain sensor system for real time structural health monitoring of a wind turbine rotor and its validation under a laboratory scale test setup is discussed in this paper. A 1 kW, 1.6 m diameter rotor, horizontal axis wind turbine with three instrumented blades is used in this study. The sensor system consists of strain sensors, surface mounted at various locations on the blade. At first the sensors are calibrated under static loading conditions to validate the FBG mounting and the proposed data collection techniques. Then, the capability of the sensor system coupled with the operational modal analysis (OMA) methods to capture natural frequencies and corresponding mode shapes in terms of distributed strains are validated under various non-rotating dynamic loading conditions. Finally, the sensor system is tested under rotating conditions using the wind flow from an open-jet wind tunnel, for both a baseline wind turbine and a wind turbine with a structurally modified blade. The blade was modified by attaching a lumped mass at the blade tip simulating structural damage or ice accretion. The dynamic characteristics of the baseline (healthy) blade and modified (altered) blade are compared to validate the sensor system’s ability for real time structural health monitoring of the rotor.

  9. Post-Impact Fatigue Damage Monitoring Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors

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    Shin, Chow-Shing; Liaw, Shien-Kuei; Yang, Shi-Wei

    2014-01-01

    It has been shown that impact damage to composite materials can be revealed by embedded Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) as a broadening and splitting of the latter's characteristic narrow peak reflected spectrum. The current work further subjected the impact damaged composite to cyclic loading and found that the FBG spectrum gradually submerged into a rise of background intensity as internal damages progressed. By skipping the impact, directing the impact to positions away from the FBG and examining the extracted fibers, we concluded that the above change is not a result of deterioration/damage of the sensor. It is caused solely by the damages initiated in the composite by the impact and aggravated by fatigue loading. Evolution of the grating spectrum may therefore be used to monitor qualitatively the development of the incurred damages. PMID:24594609

  10. Post-impact fatigue damage monitoring using fiber Bragg grating sensors.

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    Shin, Chow-Shing; Liaw, Shien-Kuei; Yang, Shi-Wei

    2014-03-03

    It has been shown that impact damage to composite materials can be revealed by embedded Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) as a broadening and splitting of the latter's characteristic narrow peak reflected spectrum. The current work further subjected the impact damaged composite to cyclic loading and found that the FBG spectrum gradually submerged into a rise of background intensity as internal damages progressed. By skipping the impact, directing the impact to positions away from the FBG and examining the extracted fibers, we concluded that the above change is not a result of deterioration/damage of the sensor. It is caused solely by the damages initiated in the composite by the impact and aggravated by fatigue loading. Evolution of the grating spectrum may therefore be used to monitor qualitatively the development of the incurred damages.

  11. Strain features and condition assessment of orthotropic steel deck cable-supported bridges subjected to vehicle loads by using dense FBG strain sensors

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    Wei, Shiyin; Zhang, Zhaohui; Li, Shunlong; Li, Hui

    2017-10-01

    Strain is a direct indicator of structural safety. Therefore, strain sensors have been used in most structural health monitoring systems for bridges. However, until now, the investigation of strain response has been insufficient. This paper conducts a comprehensive study of the strain features of the U ribs and transverse diaphragm on an orthotropic steel deck and proposes a statistical paradigm for crack detection based on the features of vehicle-induced strain response by using the densely distributed optic fibre Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors. The local feature of strain under vehicle load is highlighted, which enables the use of measurement data to determine the vehicle loading event and to make a decision regarding the health status of a girder near the strain sensors via technical elimination of the load information. Time-frequency analysis shows that the strain contains three features: the long-term trend item, the short-term trend item, and the instantaneous vehicle-induced item (IVII). The IVII is the wheel-induced strain with a remarkable local feature, and the measured wheel-induced strain is only influenced by the vehicle near the FBG sensor, while other vehicles slightly farther away have no effect on the wheel-induced strain. This causes the local strain series, among the FBG strain sensors in the same transverse locations of different cross-sections, to present similarities in shape to some extent and presents a time delay in successive order along the driving direction. Therefore, the strain series induced by an identical vehicle can be easily tracked and compared by extracting the amplitude and calculating the mutual ratio to eliminate vehicle loading information, leaving the girder information alone. The statistical paradigm for crack detection is finally proposed, and the detection accuracy is then validated by using dense FBG strain sensors on a long-span suspension bridge in China.

  12. Simultaneous strain and temperature measurement based on a photonic crystal fiber modal-interference interacting with a long period fiber grating

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    Li, Tao; Dong, Xinyong; Chan, Chi Chiu; Hu, Limin; Qian, Wenwen

    2012-11-01

    An alternative all-fiber sensor for simultaneous strain and temperature measurement based on a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) spliced between single-mode fibers cascaded with a long period grating (LPG) is proposed. By collapsing the air holes at two splicing regions along the PCF, a simple but effective modal-interference (MI) is occurred between the core and cladding modes of the PCF. Due to the different responses on the changes of strain and temperature on the MI and the cascaded LPG, the strain and temperature can be measured simultaneously. Experimental results show that the sensing resolution of 9.1 μɛ in strain measurement is experimentally achieved over a range of 2640 μɛ, while the temperature sensing resolution is 0.27 °C within a range of 30-100 °C.

  13. A planar lightwave circuit based micro interrogator and its applications to the interrogation of multiplexed optical fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Xiao, Gaozhi; Mrad, Nezih; Guo, Honglei; Zhang, Zhiyi; Yao, Jianping

    2008-12-01

    Optical fiber Bragg grating sensors have found potential applications in many fields, but the lack of a simple, field deployable and low cost interrogation system is hindering their deployment. To tackle this, we have developed a micro optical sensor interrogator using a monolithically integrated planar lightwave circuit based echelle diffractive grating demultiplexer and a detector array. The design and development of this device are presented in this paper. It has been found that the measurement range of this micro interrogator is more than 25 nm with better than 1 pm resolution. This paper also reports the applications of the micro interrogator developed to the monitoring of commercial optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) temperature sensors and mechanical sensors. The results obtained are very satisfactory and in some cases, they are better than those obtained using commercial bench top lab equipment.

  14. An armored-cable-based fiber Bragg grating sensor array for perimeter fence intrusion detection

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    Hao, Jianzhong; Dong, Bo; Varghese, Paulose; Phua, Jiliang; Foo, Siang Fook

    2011-11-01

    In this paper, an armored-cable-based optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor array, for perimeter fence intrusion detection, is demonstrated and some of the field trial results are reported. The field trial was conducted at a critical local installation in Singapore in December 2010. The sensor array was put through a series of both simulated and live intrusion scenarios to test the stability and suitability of operation in the local environmental conditions and to determine its capabilities in detecting and reporting these intrusions accurately to the control station. Such a sensor array can provide perimeter intrusion detection with fine granularity and preset pin-pointing accuracy. The various types of intrusions included aided or unaided climbs, tampering and cutting of the fence, etc. The unique sensor packaging structure provides high sensitivity, crush resistance and protection against rodents. It is also capable of resolving nuisance events such as rain, birds sitting on the fence or seismic vibrations. These sensors are extremely sensitive with a response time of a few seconds. They can be customized for a desired spatial resolution and pre-determined sensitivity. Furthermore, it is easy to cascade a series of such sensors to monitor and detect intrusion events over a long stretch of fence line. Such sensors can be applied to real-time intrusion detection for perimeter security, pipeline security and communications link security.

  15. An armored-cable-based fiber Bragg grating sensor array for perimeter fence intrusion detection

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    Hao, Jianzhong; Dong, Bo; Varghese, Paulose; Phua, Jiliang; Foo, Siang Fook

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, an armored-cable-based optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor array, for perimeter fence intrusion detection, is demonstrated and some of the field trial results are reported. The field trial was conducted at a critical local installation in Singapore in December 2010. The sensor array was put through a series of both simulated and live intrusion scenarios to test the stability and suitability of operation in the local environmental conditions and to determine its capabilities in detecting and reporting these intrusions accurately to the control station. Such a sensor array can provide perimeter intrusion detection with fine granularity and preset pin-pointing accuracy. The various types of intrusions included aided or unaided climbs, tampering and cutting of the fence, etc. The unique sensor packaging structure provides high sensitivity, crush resistance and protection against rodents. It is also capable of resolving nuisance events such as rain, birds sitting on the fence or seismic vibrations. These sensors are extremely sensitive with a response time of a few seconds. They can be customized for a desired spatial resolution and pre-determined sensitivity. Furthermore, it is easy to cascade a series of such sensors to monitor and detect intrusion events over a long stretch of fence line. Such sensors can be applied to real-time intrusion detection for perimeter security, pipeline security and communications link security.

  16. Optical Sensor of Thermal Gas Flow Based on Fiber Bragg Grating

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    Jiang, Xu; Wang, Keda; Li, Junqing; Zhan, Hui; Song, Zhenan; Che, Guohang; Lyu, Guohui

    2017-01-01

    This paper aims at solving the problem of explosion proof in measurement of thermal gas flow using electronic sensor by presenting a new type of flow sensor by optical fiber heating. A measuring unit based on fiber Bragg grating (FBG) for fluid temperature and a unit for heat dissipation are designed to replace the traditional electronic sensors. The light in C band from the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) light source is split, with one part used to heat the absorbing coating and the other part used in the signal processing unit. In the heating unit, an absorbing coating is introduced to replace the traditional resistance heating module to minimize the risk of explosion. The measurement results demonstrate a fine consistency between the flow and temperature difference in simulation. The method to enhance the measurement resolution of flow is also discussed. PMID:28212268

  17. Proposal of Screening Method of Sleep Disordered Breathing Using Fiber Grating Vision Sensor

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    Aoki, Hirooki; Nakamura, Hidetoshi; Nakajima, Masato

    Every conventional respiration monitoring technique requires at least one sensor to be attached to the body of the subject during measurement, thereby imposing a sense of restraint that results in aversion against measurements that would last over consecutive days. To solve this problem, we developed a respiration monitoring system for sleepers, and it uses a fiber-grating vision sensor, which is a type of active image sensor to achieve non-contact respiration monitoring. In this paper, we verified the effectiveness of the system, and proposed screening method of the sleep disordered breathing. It was shown that our system could equivalently measure the respiration with thermistor and accelerograph. And, the respiratory condition of sleepers can be grasped by our screening method in one look, and it seems to be useful for the support of the screening of sleep disordered breathing.

  18. The health monitoring of a prestressed concrete beam by using fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Lin, Yung Bin; Chang, Kuo Chun; Chern, Jenn Chuan; Wang, Lon A.

    2004-08-01

    This paper presents the complete test results of a prestressed concrete (PC) beam, including the hydration temperature of the hardening process, the behavior of the PC beam under sustained loading and assessment of damage, such as the locations of cracks and their corresponding depth. Hydration temperatures during the hardening process were determined using fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors, while the behavior of the PC beam, under sustained loading, was evaluated and compared using conventional sensors as well as FBG sensors embedded in, or surfaced mounted onto, the PC beam. In addition, a new concept, involving an optical FBG based technique to detect and locate structural damage, such as crack location and depth, is demonstrated.

  19. Compact bending sensor based on a fiber Bragg grating in an abrupt biconical taper.

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    Cui, Wei; Si, Jinhai; Chen, Tao; Hou, Xun

    2015-05-04

    We propose and experimentally demonstrate a compact bending sensor. The head of the sensor is only 0.8 mm in length, and consists of an abrupt biconical fiber taper formed using a conventional fusion splicer, in which a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is inscribed using a femtosecond laser. The biconical taper incorporating the FBG can couple light from the cladding to the backward-propagating core mode, which realizes an interferometer in reflection-mode. Bending of the structure can be detected from the contrast change of interference fringes. A configuration to measure curvature is investigated to demonstrate the sensing characteristics. The temperature cross-sensitivity of the sensor is studied, and the results demonstrate that it is insensitive to temperature.

  20. High-speed weigh-in motion measurement with Bragg grating sensors

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    Kim, Ki-Soo; Cho, Seong-Kyu; Bae, Byung-Woo

    2003-08-01

    In this paper, a high speed fiber optic sensor weigh-in-motion (WIM) system is proposed. Bragg gratings which have several advantages such as good reproducibility and good multiplicity compare to other optical fiber sensors are used for the system. Fabry-Perot filter for the signal process, which cannot be used in the high speed measurement because of the limitation in fast operation of PZT, is excluded. A new signal processing system which employs bandwidth filter is proposed and bridge type new sensor package design is also proposed. The proposed fiber optic WIM system is tested in the laboratory and experimented with actual trucks. The new concept of calibration coefficient "k" is introduced and calculated by the experiments. The calculated calibration coefficients show good approximations to real axial weights regardless tire widths.

  1. Experimental qualification by extensive evaluation of fibre optic strain sensors

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    Schilder, Constanze; Kusche, Nadine; Schukar, Vivien G.; Münzenberger, Sven; Habel, Wolfgang R.

    2013-09-01

    Fibre optic strain sensors used in practical applications have to provide reliable measurements. Therefore, the applied sensor and the sensor systems must be validated experimentally. This can be achieved with facilities which use physically independent measurement systems in order to avoid the influences caused by the application of a reference sensor. This paper describes the testing methods of the specially developed validation facility KALFOS for the qualification and evaluation of surface-applied strain sensors. For reliable sensor results, the performance of fibre optic strain patches with and without FBG under combined thermal and mechanical loading was investigated. Additionally, the strain gauge factor of the fibre optic strain patches with FBG was determined experimentally and compared to the specified strain gauge factor. These results will be the basis for the development of guidelines and standards concerning the application of the sensors.

  2. Fibre Bragg grating sensors for reinforcement corrosion monitoring in civil engineering structures

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    Grattan, S. K. T.; Basheer, P.; Taylor, S. E.; Zhao, W.; Sun, T.; Grattan, K. T. V.

    2007-07-01

    Fibre optic strain sensors offer a number of advantages over the current electrical resistance type gauges, yet are not widely used in civil engineering applications. The use of fibre optic strain sensors (with a cross comparison with the output of electrical resistance gauges) to monitor the production of corrosion by-products in civil engineering concrete structures containing reinforcement bars has been investigated and results reported.

  3. Modeling of a Surface Acoustic Wave Strain Sensor

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    Wilson, W. C.; Atkinson, Gary M.

    2010-01-01

    NASA Langley Research Center is investigating Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) sensor technology for harsh environments aimed at aerospace applications. To aid in development of sensors a model of a SAW strain sensor has been developed. The new model extends the modified matrix method to include the response of Orthogonal Frequency Coded (OFC) reflectors and the response of SAW devices to strain. These results show that the model accurately captures the strain response of a SAW sensor on a Langasite substrate. The results of the model of a SAW Strain Sensor on Langasite are presented

  4. Strain monitoring of bismaleimide composites using embedded microcavity sensor

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    Kaur, Amardeep; Anandan, Sudharshan; Yuan, Lei; Watkins, Steve E.; Chandrashekhara, K.; Xiao, Hai; Phan, Nam

    2016-03-01

    A type of extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer (EFPI) fiber optic sensor, i.e., the microcavity strain sensor, is demonstrated for embedded, high-temperature applications. The sensor is fabricated using a femtosecond (fs) laser. The fs-laser-based fabrication makes the sensor thermally stable to sustain operating temperatures as high as 800°C. The sensor has low sensitivity toward the temperature as compared to its response toward the applied strain. The performance of the EFPI sensor is tested in an embedded application. The host material is carbon fiber/bismaleimide (BMI) composite laminate that offer thermally stable characteristics at high ambient temperatures. The sensor exhibits highly linear response toward the temperature and strain. Analytical work done with embedded optical-fiber sensors using the out-of-autoclave BMI laminate was limited until now. The work presented in this paper offers an insight into the strain and temperature interactions of the embedded sensors with the BMI composites.

  5. Relative humidity sensor based on surface plasmon resonance of D-shaped fiber with polyvinyl alcohol embedding Au grating

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    Yan, Haitao; Han, Daofu; Li, Ming; Lin, Bo

    2017-01-01

    This paper presents the design, fabrication, and characterization of a D-shaped fiber coated with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) embedding an Au grating-based relative humidity (RH) sensor. The Au grating is fabricated on a D-shaped fiber to match the wave-vector and excite the surface plasmon, and the PVA is embedded in the Au grating as a sensitive cladding film. The refractive index of PVA changes with the ambient humidity. Measurements in a controlled environment show that the RH sensor can achieve a sensitivity of 5.4 nm per relative humidity unit in the RH range from 0% to 70% RH. Moreover, the surface plasmon resonance can be realized and used for RH sensing at the C band of optical fiber communication instead of the visible light band due to the metallic grating microstructure on the D-shaped fiber.

  6. Measurements of high frequency vibration using fiber Bragg grating sensors packaged on PZT plate

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    Fang, Qiaofeng; Chen, Wentao; Yin, Zhenyu; Liu, Yunqi

    2014-11-01

    We demonstrate the fiber Bragg grating (FBG) vibration sensors working at a frequency up to 900 kHz. The FBGs were surface-mounted on the piezoelectric (PZT) ceramic, which is used as the vibration sensor head. A nonlinear response was measured with a periodically strong response at the frequencies of 1 kHz, 5 kHz, 12 kHz, 40 kHz, 70 kHz and 400 kHz. Four kind of polymer were used to package the FBG on the PZT plate. The gratings have similar pattern of vibration response with different deviation on the output voltage. The FBGs packaged with the polymer 705B and EPO-TEK 353ND were found to have a better response at lower frequency, while the FBGs packaged with the polymer T120-023-C2 and TRA-BOND F112 have a better response at higher frequency. The sensors could be developed for the real-time monitoring of the large infrastructure.

  7. Noise in adaptive interferometric fiber sensor based on population dynamic grating in erbium-doped fiber.

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    Stepanov, Serguei; Sánchez, Marcos Plata; Hernández, Eliseo Hernández

    2016-09-10

    Experimental investigations of the main noise sources that limit the sensitivity of the adaptive interferometric all-fiber sensors operating in the communication wavelength region are reported. Adaptive properties (i.e., the autostabilization of an optimal operation point of the interferometer) are enabled by the dynamic population grating recorded in a segment of the erbium-doped fiber (EDF) at milliwatt-scale cw power in the 1480-1560 nm spectral range. The utilized symmetric Sagnac configuration with low light internal reflections ensures reduced sensitivity of the sensor to phase noise of the laser, while intensity noise is reduced to an insignificant level by the balanced detection scheme. It is shown that the fluorescence from the erbium ions, excited by the counterpropagating waves recording the grating, increases the noise level from the fundamental shot noise approximately by a factor of 2-3 only. It is also shown that conventional communication distributed feedback (DFB) semiconductor lasers with megahertz linewidth are not suitable for high-sensitivity applications of such sensors. Because of inevitable backreflections from the output terminal devices (photodiodes, insulators, circulator), the above-mentioned fundamental noise level is increased by 2 orders of magnitude due to high phase noise of the DFB laser.

  8. Concentration sensor based on a tilted fiber Bragg grating for anions monitoring

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    Melo, L. B.; Rodrigues, J. M. M.; Farinha, A. S. F.; Marques, C. A.; Bilro, L.; Alberto, N.; Tomé, J. P. C.; Nogueira, R. N.

    2014-08-01

    The ubiquity and importance of anions in many crucial roles accounts for the current high interest in the design and preparation of effective sensors for these species. Therefore, a tilted fiber Bragg grating sensor was fabricated to investigate individual detection of different anion concentrations in ethyl acetate, namely acetate, fluoride and chloride. The influence of the refractive index on the transmission spectrum of a tilted fiber Bragg grating was determined by developing a new demodulation method. This is based on the calculation of the standard deviation between the cladding modes of the transmission spectrum and its smoothing function. The standard deviation method was used to monitor concentrations of different anions. The sensor resolution obtained for the anion acetate, fluoride and chloride is 79 × 10-5 mol/dm3, 119 × 10-5 mol/dm3 and 78 × 10-5 mol/dm3, respectively, within the concentration range of (39-396) × 10-5 mol/dm3.

  9. Life cycle strain mapping of composite airframe structures by using FBG sensors

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    Sekine, K.; Takahashi, I.; Kume, M.; Takeya, H.; Iwahori, Y.; Minakuchi, S.; Takeda, N.; Koshioka, Y.

    2011-04-01

    The objective of this work is to develop a system for monitoring the structural integrity of composite airframe structures by strain mapping over the entire lifecycle of the structure. Specifically, we use fiber Bragg grating sensors to measure strain in a pressure bulkhead made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs) through a sequence of lifecycle stages (molding, machining, assembly, operation and maintenance) and detect the damage, defects, and deformation that occurs at each stage from the obtained strain distributions. In previous work, we have evaluated strain monitoring at each step in the FRP molding and machining stages of the lifecycle. In the work reported here, we evaluate the monitoring of the changes in strain that occur at the time of bolt fastening during assembly. The results show that the FBG sensors can detect the changes in strain that occur when a load is applied to the structure during correction of thermal deformation or when there is an offset in the hole position when structures are bolted together. We also conducted experiments to evaluate the detection of damage and deformation modes that occur in the pressure bulkhead during operation. Those results show that the FBG sensors detect the characteristic changes in strain for each mode.

  10. Spectra power and bandwidth of fiber Bragg grating under influence of gradient strain

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    Liu, Qinpeng; Qiao, Xueguang; Jia, Zhen'an; Fu, Haiwei

    2016-12-01

    The reflective spectrum power and the bandwidth of the fiber Bragg grating (FBG) under gradient strain are researched and experimentally demonstrated. The gradient strain is applied on the FBG, which can induce FBG bandwidth broadening, resulting in the variation of reflective power. Based on the coupled-mode theory and transfer matrix method, the segmental linear relationship between the gradient strain, the reflective power, and the bandwidth is simulated and analyzed, and the influence of the FBG length on the reflective spectrum is analyzed. In the experiment, the strict gradient stain device is designed; the experimental results indicate that the reflective optic power and the bandwidth of the FBG under gradient stain are concerned with the length of the FBG. Experimental results are well consistent with the theoretical analysis, which have important guiding significance in the FBG dynamic sensing.

  11. Simultaneous measurement of refractive index, strain, and temperature based on a four-core fiber combined with a fiber Bragg grating

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    Li, Chao; Ning, Tigang; Li, Jing; Pei, Li; Zhang, Chan; Zhang, Chuanbiao; Lin, Heng; Wen, Xiaodong

    2017-05-01

    A fiber optic sensor capable of measuring refractive index (RI), strain, and temperature simultaneously is proposed and demonstrated. The sensor is formed by the integration of a four-core fiber (FCF) with a fiber Bragg grating (FBG). When the FCF is kept straight, a pronounced interference pattern appears in the transmission spectrum. Compared with previously reported optical fiber modal interferometers, higher fringe visibility can be obtained in our scheme. The maximum fringe visibility of the interference resonance dips exceeds 21 dB. By monitoring the wavelength shifts of three dips, simultaneous measurement of RI, strain, and temperature can be achieved. For 10 pm wavelength resolution, the resolution of the sensor is 0.0004 RIU, 11.06 με, and 0.17 °C in RI, strain, and temperature, respectively. The proposed sensor has the advantages of easy to construct, higher fringe visibility, and the capability to measure RI, strain, and temperature simultaneously, which are desirable features in RI measurement.

  12. Improved time response for polymer fibre Bragg grating based humidity sensors

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    Zhang, W.; Webb, D. J.; Peng, G.-D.

    2011-05-01

    In this work we experimentally investigate the response time of humidity sensors based on polymer optical fibre (POF) Bragg gratings. By the use of etching with acetone we can control the diameter of POF based on poly (methyl methacrylate) in order to reduce the diffusion time of water into the polymer and hence speed up the relative wavelength change caused by humidity variations. A much improved response time of 11 minutes has been achieved by using a POF FBG with a reduced diameter of 135 microns.

  13. A Fibre Bragg Grating Sensor as a Receiver for Acoustic Communications Signals

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    Wild, Graham; Hinckley, Steven

    2011-01-01

    A Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) acoustic sensor is used as a receiver for acoustic communications signals. Acoustic transmissions were generated in aluminium and Carbon Fibre Composite (CFC) panels. The FBG receiver was coupled to the bottom surface opposite a piezoelectric transmitter. For the CFC, a second FBG was embedded within the layup for comparison. We show the transfer function, frequency response, and transient response of the acoustic communications channels. In addition, the FBG receiver was used to detect Phase Shift Keying (PSK) communications signals, which was shown to be the most robust method in a highly resonant communications channel. PMID:22346585

  14. Visible Wavelength Color Filters Using Dielectric Subwavelength Gratings for Backside-Illuminated CMOS Image Sensor Technologies.

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    Horie, Yu; Han, Seunghoon; Lee, Jeong-Yub; Kim, Jaekwan; Kim, Yongsung; Arbabi, Amir; Shin, Changgyun; Shi, Lilong; Arbabi, Ehsan; Kamali, Seyedeh Mahsa; Lee, Hong-Seok; Hwang, Sungwoo; Faraon, Andrei

    2017-05-10

    We report transmissive color filters based on subwavelength dielectric gratings that can replace conventional dye-based color filters used in backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor (BSI CIS) technologies. The filters are patterned in an 80 nm-thick poly silicon film on a 115 nm-thick SiO2 spacer layer. They are optimized for operating at the primary RGB colors, exhibit peak transmittance of 60-80%, and have an almost insensitive response over a ± 20° angular range. This technology enables shrinking of the pixel sizes down to near a micrometer.

  15. Estimating needle-tissue interaction forces for hollow needles using fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Kumar, Saurabh; Shrikanth, V.; Bharadwaj, Amrutur; Asokan, Sundarrajan; Bobji, M. S.

    2016-03-01

    Brachytherapy and neurological procedures can benefit from real-time estimation of needle-tissue interaction forces, specifically for robotic or robot-assisted procedures. Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors provide advantages of very small size and electromagnetic immunity for use in measurement of the forces directly at the needle tip. This has advantages compared to measurements at the needle shaft which require extensive models of the friction between needle and tissues with varying depth. This paper presents the measurement of tip forces for a hollow needle and compensation for bending when encountering regions of varying stiffness in phantoms with multiple layers prepared using Polydimethylsiloxane.

  16. Polymer optical fiber Bragg grating acting as an intrinsic biochemical concentration sensor.

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    Zhang, Wei; Webb, David; Peng, Gangding

    2012-04-15

    We demonstrate an intrinsic biochemical concentration sensor based on a polymer optical fiber Bragg grating. The water content absorbed by the polymer fiber from a surrounding solution depends on the concentration of the solution because of the osmotic effect. The variation of water content in the fiber causes a change in the fiber dimensions and a variation in refractive index and, therefore, a shift in the Bragg wavelength. Saline solutions with concentration from 0% to 22% were used to demonstrate the sensing principle, resulting in a total wavelength shift of 0.9 nm, allowing high-resolution concentration measurements to be realized. © 2012 Optical Society of America

  17. [The experiment research on solution refractive index sensor based on tilted fiber Bragg grating].

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    Jiang, Qi; Lü, Dan-Dan; Yu, Ming-Hao; Kang, Li-Min; Ouyang, Jun

    2013-12-01

    The present paper analyzes the sensor's basic principle of the bare tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) and surface plasmon resonance sensor (SPR) that deposited nanoscale gold-coating on the surface of the cladding. We simulated the transmission spectrums and some order cladding mode of TFBG in different concentration solutions by Integration and optical fiber grating software OptiGrating. So by the graphic observation and data analysis, a preliminary conclusion was got that in a certain sensing scope, the cladding modes of TFBG shift slightly to right with the increasing the solution refractive index(SRI),and the relation between resonance peak caused by the coupling of core mode and a certain cladding mode and the SRI was linear. Then the 45 nm thick gold coating was deposited on the surface of the TFBG cladding in a small-scale sputtering chamber KYKY SBC-12, and thermal field scanning electron microscopy presents that the effect of gold-coating was satisfactory to a certain extent in terms of microscopic level. The refractive index(RI) sensing experiments of different concentration solutions of NaCI, MgCI2, CaCI2 were carried out using bare and gold deposited TFBG. The RI sensing characteristics of both bare and gold deposited TFBGs respectively were studied by experiments. Meanwhile, it proved the conclusion that the cladding modes of TFBG drifted to right gradually when the SRI was increasing and the relations between resonance peak caused by the coupling of core mode and a certain cladding mode and the SRI were linear. And by quantitative analysis, we know that SPR sensor with the deposited namoscale gold layer on the surface of cladding enhanced the RI sensitivity dramatically by 2 to 500 nm RIU-1 which is 200 to 300 times larger than that of the bare tilted fiber Bragg grating approximately. The degrees of linear fittings of resonance peak caused by the coupling of core mode and a certain cladding mode and SRI of bare and gold-coating deposited SPR sensor

  18. Continuous liquid level sensor based on a reflective long period fiber grating interferometer

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    Xue, Hao; Xu, Zuowei; Chen, Hao; Yang, Yunyun; You, Jianzhou; Yan, Jiarong; Fu, Hongyan; Zhang, Dan

    2015-03-01

    A continuous liquid level sensor (LLS) based on an in-fiber Michelson interferometer is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The in-fiber Michelson interferometer is formed by a single long period grating (LPG) together with a reflective mirror at the end of the fiber. The portion between the mirror and LPG is immersed in the liquid to be measured as an LLS sensing probe, and the liquid level can be measured by monitoring the wavelength of interference fringes of the in-fiber Michelson interferometer. The experimental results show that the proposed LLS has a good sensing linearity and sensitivity.

  19. Reflection configuration of long period grating sensor working at dispersion turning point

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    Dominik, Magdalena; Mikulic, Predrag; Bock, Wojtek J.; Śmietana, Mateusz

    2016-12-01

    In this work discuss an application of chemical method, i.e., Tollen's reagent, for mirror fabrication on the end-face of the fiber with induced long-period grating (LPG). This simple and versatile technique can be used for thin silver layer deposition and formation of stable and well-reflecting mirrors for fiber-based devices. We have found that the LPGbased sensors working in reflective configuration at dispersion turning point (DTP) of higher order cladding modes allow for refractive index (RI) measurements with sensitivity reaching 4.429 nm/RIU. Such structures, after their proper biofunctionalization process, can be used as probes for label-free biosensing.

  20. Development of high speed fiber grating sensor solutions for measuring velocity, position, pressure and temperature

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    Udd, Eric; Benterou, Jerry

    2013-05-01

    A novel very high speed fiber grating sensor system has been used to support velocity, position, temperature and pressure measurements during burn, deflagration and detonation of energetic materials in Russian DDT tests. For the first time the system has been demonstrated in card gap testing and has allowed real time measurements of the position of the blast front into the card gap and monitoring of pressure at key locations in the card gap test. This paper provides an overview of this technology and examples of its application.

  1. All-fiber loading sensor based on 45° and 81° tilted fiber gratings

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    Sun, Zhongyuan; Yan, Zhijun; Mou, Chengbo; Wang, Xiangchuan; Li, Jianfeng; Zhang, Lin

    2014-05-01

    Cardiovascular health of the human population is a major concern for medical clinicians, with cardiovascular diseases responsible for 48% of all deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. Therefore the development of new practicable and economical diagnostic tools to scrutinise the cardiovascular health of humans is a major driver for clinicians. We offer a new technique to obtain seismocardiographic signals covering both ballistocardiography (below 20Hz) and audible heart sounds (20Hz upwards). The detection scheme is based upon an array of curvature/displacement sensors using fibre optic long period gratings interrogated using a variation of the derivative spectroscopy interrogation technique

  2. Magnetic field sensor using tilted fiber grating interacting with magnetic fluid.

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    Zheng, Jie; Dong, Xinyong; Zu, Peng; Shao, Li-Yang; Chan, Chi Chiu; Cui, Ying; Shum, Perry Ping

    2013-07-29

    A novel magnetic field sensor using tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) interacting with magnetic fluid is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The TFBG is surrounded by magnetic fluid whose complex refractive index changes with external magnetic field. The guiding properties of cladding modes excited by the TFBG are therefore modulated by the external magnetic field. As a result, the magnetic field strength measurement is successfully achieved within a range up to 196 Gauss by monitoring extinction ratio of cladding mode resonance. Furthermore, temperature variation can be obtained simultaneously from the wavelength shift of the TFBG transmission spectrum.

  3. An inherently temperature insensitive fiber Bragg grating force sensor for in-vivo applications

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    Arkwright, John W.; Parkinson, Luke; Papageorgiou, Anthony

    2017-02-01

    We present a fiber Bragg grating sensor design that provides an inherently athermal response to a transverse applied load. The active element of the sensor is formed from two fibers helically wound around a common axis each containing an FBG element. The helical winding of the fibers is positioned within the transducer so that the FBG elements are coincident and located at the point where the axes of the fibers are in the orthogonal plane to the base of the sensor. An applied load acting on the sensor deflects the fibers sideways so that the upper FBG is compressed and the lower FBG is stretched causing a differential change in the Bragg wavelengths of each element. For small loads, the differential change in wavelength is linearly proportional to the applied force. A change in temperature causes identical change in Bragg wavelength on both FBG elements and therefore does not affect the differential change caused by the applied load. Using this design we have reduced the temperature dependence of our FBG sensors from 13 pm per °C to a variation of less than 0.25 pm over a temperature range of 20 - 60 °C, with the residual temperature dependence being largely made up of temperature variations in the solid state spectrometer used to acquire data. These sensors are ideally suited for forming sensing arrays for monitoring in-vivo pressures and forces where fluctuations in temperature are unavoidable, and have been used successfully for monitoring the pressure induced beneath compression bandages.

  4. Characterization of embedded fiber optic strain sensors into metallic structures via ultrasonic additive manufacturing

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    Schomer, John J.; Hehr, Adam J.; Dapino, Marcelo J.

    2016-04-01

    Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors measure deviation in a reflected wavelength of light to detect in-situ strain. These sensors are immune to electromagnetic interference, and the inclusion of multiple FBGs on the same fiber allows for a seamlessly integrated sensing network. FBGs are attractive for embedded sensing in aerospace applications due to their small noninvasive size and prospect of constant, real-time nondestructive evaluation. In this study, FBG sensors are embedded in aluminum 6061 via ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM), a rapid prototyping process that uses high power ultrasonic vibrations to weld similar and dissimilar metal foils together. UAM was chosen due to the desire to embed FBG sensors at low temperatures, a requirement that excludes other additive processes such as selective laser sintering or fusion deposition modeling. In this paper, the embedded FBGs are characterized in terms of birefringence losses, post embedding strain shifts, consolidation quality, and strain sensing performance. Sensors embedded into an ASTM test piece are compared against an exterior surface mounted foil strain gage at both room and elevated temperatures using cyclic tensile tests.

  5. Effects of pre-strain on the intrinsic pressure sensitivity of polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings

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    Pedersen, Jens Kristian Mølgaard; Woyessa, Getinet; Nielsen, Kristian; Bang, Ole

    2017-04-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a scheme for improving the intrinsic pressure sensitivity of fiber Bragg-gratings (FBGs) inscribed in polymer optical fibers by applying pre-strain in order to suppress the pressure induced mechanical contraction of the fiber. This contraction would otherwise contribute to a blueshift of the Brag-wavelength, counteracting the dominant redshift caused by the stress-optic effect, which effectively reduces the pressure sensitivity of the FBG. By applying this technique we are able to improve the sensitivity of the FBG from 2.8 pm/bar to 7.3 pm/bar.

  6. Fuel level sensor based on polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings for aircraft applications

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    Marques, C. A. F.; Pospori, A.; Sáez-Rodríguez, D.; Nielsen, K.; Bang, O.; Webb, D. J.

    2016-04-01

    Safety in civil aviation is increasingly important due to the increase in flight routes and their more challenging nature. Like other important systems in aircraft, fuel level monitoring is always a technical challenge. The most frequently used level sensors in aircraft fuel systems are based on capacitive, ultrasonic and electric techniques, however they suffer from intrinsic safety concerns in explosive environments combined with issues relating to reliability and maintainability. In the last few years, optical fiber liquid level sensors (OFLLSs) have been reported to be safe and reliable and present many advantages for aircraft fuel measurement. Different OFLLSs have been developed, such as the pressure type, float type, optical radar type, TIR type and side-leaking type. Amongst these, many types of OFLLSs based on fiber gratings have been demonstrated. However, these sensors have not been commercialized because they exhibit some drawbacks: low sensitivity, limited range, long-term instability, or limited resolution. In addition, any sensors that involve direct interaction of the optical field with the fuel (either by launching light into the fuel tank or via the evanescent field of a fiber-guided mode) must be able to cope with the potential build up of contamination - often bacterial - on the optical surface. In this paper, a fuel level sensor based on microstructured polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings (mPOFBGs), including poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and TOPAS fibers, embedded in diaphragms is investigated in detail. The mPOFBGs are embedded in two different types of diaphragms and their performance is investigated with aviation fuel for the first time, in contrast to our previous works, where water was used. Our new system exhibits a high performance when compared with other previously published in the literature, making it a potentially useful tool for aircraft fuel monitoring.

  7. Fibre optic chemical sensor based on graphene oxide-coated long period grating

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    Liu, Chen; Cai, Qi; Sun, Zhongyuan; Xu, Baojian; Zhao, Jianlong; Zhang, Lin; Chen, Xianfeng

    2016-05-01

    In this work, a graphene oxide-coated long period fibre grating (GO-LPG) is proposed for chemical sensing application. Graphene oxide (GO) has been deposited on the surface of long period grating to form a sensing layer which significantly enhances the interaction between LPG propagating light and the surrounding-medium. The sensing mechanism of GO-LPG relies on the change of grating resonance intensity against surrounding-medium refractive index (SRI). The proposed GO-LPG has been used to measure the concentrations of sugar aqueous solutions. The refractive index sensitivities with 99.5 dB/RIU in low refractive index region (1.33-1.35) and 320.6 dB/RIU in high index region (1.42-1.44) have been achieved, showing an enhancement by a factor of 3.2 and 6.8 for low and high index regions, respectively. The proposed GO-LPG can be further extended to the development of optical biochemical sensor with advantages of high sensitivity, real-time and label-free sensing.

  8. Formaldehyde sensing with plasmonic near-infrared optical fiber grating sensors

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    González-Vila, Á.; Debliquy, M.; Lahem, D.; Mégret, P.; Caucheteur, C.

    2016-04-01

    A tilted fiber Bragg grating is photo-inscribed in the core of a single-mode optical fiber, leading to the coupling of cladding mode resonances all along a wide region of the near-infrared spectrum. The grating is then coated with a thin film of gold in order to create a metal-dielectric interface. This way, light propagating through the cladding of the optical fiber is able to excite a surface plasmon wave on the outer interface. As sensitive element, a molecularly imprinted polymer is deposited by electropolymerization as a thin film around the previous gold coating. The thickness of the polymer is controlled by means of the surface plasmon resonance signature in order to preserve a correct surrounding refractive index sensitivity when used in a gaseous environment. The chosen polymer has an affinity to formaldehyde, which is a volatile organic compound worth to detect, especially because of its toxicity for the human being. We report a global wavelength shift of the grating cladding mode resonances in the presence of formaldehyde in gaseous state. This shift is due to a change in the refractive index of the polymer when it bounds to the target molecules. The sensor exhibits a linear response, together with a low limit of detection.

  9. Development and application of optical fibre strain and pressure sensors for in-flight measurements

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    Lawson, N. J.; Correia, R.; James, S. W.; Partridge, M.; Staines, S. E.; Gautrey, J. E.; Garry, K. P.; Holt, J. C.; Tatam, R. P.

    2016-10-01

    Fibre optic based sensors are becoming increasingly viable as replacements for traditional flight test sensors. Here we present laboratory, wind tunnel and flight test results of fibre Bragg gratings (FBG) used to measure surface strain and an extrinsic fibre Fabry-Perot interferometric (EFFPI) sensor used to measure unsteady pressure. The calibrated full scale resolution and bandwidth of the FBG and EFFPI sensors were shown to be 0.29% at 2.5 kHz up to 600 μɛ and 0.15% at up to 10 kHz respectively up to 400 Pa. The wind tunnel tests, completed on a 30% scale model, allowed the EFFPI sensor to be developed before incorporation with the FBG system into a Bulldog aerobatic light aircraft. The aircraft was modified and certified based on Certification Standards 23 (CS-23) and flight tested with steady and dynamic manoeuvres. Aerobatic dynamic manoeuvres were performed in flight including a spin over a g-range  -1g to  +4g and demonstrated both the FBG and the EFFPI instruments to have sufficient resolution to analyse the wing strain and fuselage unsteady pressure characteristics. The steady manoeuvres from the EFFPI sensor matched the wind tunnel data to within experimental error while comparisons of the flight test and wind tunnel EFFPI results with a Kulite pressure sensor showed significant discrepancies between the two sets of data, greater than experimental error. This issue is discussed further in the paper.

  10. Smart composite structure based on integrated passive wireless strain sensors

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    Wong, Zi Jing; Kim, Chun-Gon

    2008-03-01

    This paper reports the development of low-cost inductively coupled passive wireless strain sensors which could be easily embedded within composite prepreg layers for structural health monitoring application. The sensors of 5 different patterns were fabricated and were experimentally tested. Theoretical modeling utilizing two different approaches and electromagnetic simulation were performed to estimate both the strain-free resonant frequency and the shift of resonant frequency of the sensor due to strain. Both the modeling and simulation results showed satisfactory agreement with the experimental data. The Terman model was found to give a better approximation of the strain-free resonant frequency, but the CAD model managed to predict the resonant frequency shift caused by strain more closer to the simulation result. Experimentally, all the sensors showed great strain sensing potential, as good linearity between resonant frequency and strain and relatively low hysteresis characteristics were observed. Finally, the feasibility of constructing sensor array was verified.

  11. Sensitivity of contact-free fiber Bragg grating sensor to ultrasonic Lamb wave

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    Wee, Junghyun; Hackney, Drew; Peters, Kara; Wells, Brian; Bradford, Philip

    2016-04-01

    Networks of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors can serve as structural health monitoring (SHM) systems for large-scale structures based on the collection of ultrasonic waves. The demodulation of structural Lamb waves requires a high signal-to-noise ratio because Lamb waves have a low amplitude. This paper investigates the signal transfer between Lamb waves propagating in an aluminum plate collected by an optical fiber containing a FBG. The fiber is bonded to the plate at locations away from the FBG. The Lamb waves are converted into longitudinal and flexural traveling waves propagating along the optical fiber, which are then transmitted to the Bragg grating. The signal wave amplitude is measured for different distances between the bond location and the Bragg grating. Bonding the optical fiber away from the FBG location and closer to the signal source produces a significant increase in signal amplitude, here measured to be 5.1 times that of bonding the Bragg grating itself. The arrival time of the different measured wave coupling paths are also calculated theoretically, verifying the source of the measured signals. The effect of the bond length to Lamb wavelength ratio is investigated, showing a peak response as the bond length is reduced compared to the wavelength. This study demonstrates that coupling Lamb waves into guided traveling waves in an optical fiber away from the FBG increases the signal-to-noise ratio of Lamb wave detection, as compared to direct transfer of the Lamb wave to the optical fiber at the location of the FBG.

  12. Development of a fiber optic high temperature strain sensor

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    Rausch, E. O.; Murphy, K. E.; Brookshire, S. P.

    1992-01-01

    From 1 Apr. 1991 to 31 Aug. 1992, the Georgia Tech Research Institute conducted a research program to develop a high temperature fiber optic strain sensor as part of a measurement program for the space shuttle booster rocket motor. The major objectives of this program were divided into four tasks. Under Task 1, the literature on high-temperature fiber optic strain sensors was reviewed. Task 2 addressed the design and fabrication of the strain sensor. Tests and calibration were conducted under Task 3, and Task 4 was to generate recommendations for a follow-on study of a distributed strain sensor. Task 4 was submitted to NASA as a separate proposal.

  13. A portable multi-function weight-in-motion (WIM) sensor system based on fiber Bragg grating (FBG) technology

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    Zhang, Hongtao; Wei, Zhanxiong; Zhao, Qiming; Guan, Liang; Zou, Jilin; Fan, Lingling; Yang, Shangming; Song, Dongcao; Recine, Gregory; Cui, Hong-Liang

    2008-04-01

    A portable, multi-function WIM sensing system based on Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) technology is developed to measure the total weight, the distribution of weight of vehicle in motion (the weights of left front, right front, left rear and right rear wheels respectively), the distance of wheels axles and distance between left and right wheels. Currently the speed of vehicle to be tested can be up to 15 mph, the full scope of measurement for this system is 4000 lbs, and the static sensitivity of sensor head is 20 lbs. This system has been tested respectively at Stevens' campus and Army base. Compared to other schemes, our method has a number of advantages such as immune to electromagnetic interference, high repeatability, lightweight, low power consumption, high sensitivity to dynamic strain caused by load of vehicles in high-speed. The accuracy of whole system can be improved by simulating the mathematical model of sensor heads and improving the quality of manufacture as well as the calibration condition in the future.

  14. Fiber Bragg grating sensor monitoring with thermally tuned Fabry-Perot cavity integrated in an all-silicon rib waveguide

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    Coppola, Giuseppe; Iodice, Mario; Saffioti, Nunzia; Zaccuri, Rocco C.; Indolfi, Maurizio; Rendina, Ivo; Rocco, Alessandra; Ferraro, Pietro

    2005-03-01

    Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) sensors are a very promising solution for strain and/or temperature monitoring in hostile or hazardous environments. In particular, their typical immunity to EMI and the absence of electrical signals and cables, encourage the use of FBG sensors in aerospace structure. Moreover, FBG sensors can be embedded in composite materials, allowing the fabrication of the so-called smart-materials. In this paper we experimentally demonstrate that a Fabry-Perot cavity, integrated in a low-loss all-silicon rib waveguide, and realized by standard dry etching technique, is suitable for FBG monitoring. The reflected signal for the sensor passes through the cavity which is tuned by means of thermo-optic effect. The optical circuit ends with a photodetector that, for each tuning step, produces a photocurrent proportional to the convolution integral between the FBG and the FP spectral response. Because the finesse of a silicon FP cavity in air is not so high (about 2.5), it is advantageous an extended tuning over a wavelength range longer than the cavity free spectral range, that is convolving the FBG response with more than one FP transmission peak. The photodetector output signal, once acquired, is elaborated using standard FFT algorithm and pass-band filtered, in order to extract the main harmonic. After a final I-FFT step, a fitting procedure returns the FBG reflection peak position. The experimental accuracy, using as reference the peak wavelength measure made with a commercial high-performance Optical Spectrun Analizer, is in the order of few tenths of picometers.

  15. Highly sensitive temperature sensor based on an isopropanol-filled photonic crystal fiber long period grating

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    Du, Chao; Wang, Qi; Zhao, Yong; Li, Jin

    2017-03-01

    A high sensitivity measurement method for temperature has been proposed and investigated based on an isopropanol-filled photonic crystal fiber long period grating (PCF-LPG). Due to the high thermo-optic coefficient (TOC) of isopropanol, the sensitivity of the proposed temperature sensor could be effectively improved by filling isopropanol in the air waveguides of PCF. It can be found that the resonant dip will be split in two dips after filling isopropanol and the two dips have different sensitivities to surrounding temperature. Because of PCF-LPG is sensitive to the refractive index (RI) of internal filled liquid, the isopropanol-filled PCF-LPG temperature sensor has a high sensitivities of 1.356 nm/°C in the range of 20-50 °C. The simplicity and the excellent performance of our proposed device make it potential for the applications of high-precision temperature measurement is required.

  16. Fiber optic relative humidity sensor based on the tilted fiber Bragg grating coated with graphene oxide

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    Wang, Youqing; Shen, Changyu; Lou, Weimin; Shentu, Fengying; Zhong, Chuan; Dong, Xinyong; Tong, Limin

    2016-07-01

    A fiber optic relative humidity (RH) sensor based on the tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) coated with graphene oxide (GO) film was presented. Amplitudes of the cladding mode resonances of the TFGB varies with the water sorption and desorption processes of the GO film, because of the strong interactions between the excited backward propagating cladding modes and the GO film. By detecting the transmission intensity changes of the cladding mode resonant dips at the wavelength of 1557 nm, the maximum sensitivity of 0.129 dB/%RH with a linear correlation coefficient of 99% under the RH range of 10-80% was obtained. The Bragg mode of TFBG can be used as power or wavelength references, since it is inherently insensitive to RH changes. In addition, the proposed humidity sensor shows a good performance in repeatability and stability.

  17. An architecture for measuring joint angles using a long period fiber grating-based sensor.

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    Perez-Ramirez, Carlos A; Almanza-Ojeda, Dora L; Guerrero-Tavares, Jesus N; Mendoza-Galindo, Francisco J; Estudillo-Ayala, Julian M; Ibarra-Manzano, Mario A

    2014-12-19

    The implementation of signal filters in a real-time form requires a tradeoff between computation resources and the system performance. Therefore, taking advantage of low lag response and the reduced consumption of resources, in this article, the Recursive Least Square (RLS) algorithm is used to filter a signal acquired from a fiber-optics-based sensor. In particular, a Long-Period Fiber Grating (LPFG) sensor is used to measure the bending movement of a finger. After that, the Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) technique allows us to classify the corresponding finger position along the motion range. For these measures to help in the development of an autonomous robotic hand, the proposed technique can be straightforwardly implemented on real time platforms such as Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) or Digital Signal Processors (DSP). Different angle measurements of the finger's motion are carried out by the prototype and a detailed analysis of the system performance is presented.

  18. Research on the fiber Bragg grating sensor for the shock stress measurement

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    Deng, Xiangyang; Chen, Guanghua; Peng, Qixian; Li, Zeren; Meng, Jianhua; Liu, Jun

    2011-01-01

    A fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor with an unbalanced Mach-Zehnder fiber interferometer for the shock stress measurement is proposed and demonstrated. An analysis relationship between the shock stress and the central reflection wavelength shift of the FBG is firstly derived. In this sensor, the optical path difference of the unbalanced Mach-Zehnder fiber interferometer is ∼3.1 mm and the length of the FBG is 2 mm. An arctangent function reduction method, which can avoid sine function's insensitive zone where the shock stress measurement has a reduced accuracy, is presented. A shock stress measurement of water driven by one stage gun (up to 1.4 GPa), with good theoretical accuracy (∼10%), is launched. PMID:22047282

  19. Fiber laser sensor based on fiber-Bragg-grating Fabry-Perot cavity

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    Chen, Jianfeng; Liu, Yunqi; Cai, Tongjian; Wang, Tingyun

    2010-12-01

    We propose a fiber-Bragg-grating Fabry-Perot (FBG-FP) cavity sensor interrogated by a pulsed laser. The FBG-FP cavity is directly written into the same photosensitive fiber, which consists of a pair of FBGs with identical center wavelength. The modulated laser pulses are launched into the FBG-FP cavity. Each pulse produces a group of reflection and transmission pulses. The cavity loss in the FBG-FP cavity is determined from the power ratio of the first two pulses reflected from the cavity, which could be detected for the sensor measurement. This technique has the advantages that it does not require high reflectivity FBG and is immune to the power fluctuation of the light source.

  20. Reliability and durability of fiber grating sensors in structural monitoring applications

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    Sennhauser, Urs J.; Broennimann, Rolf; Mauron, Pascal; Nellen, Philipp M.

    1997-09-01

    There is strong interest to develop fiber-optical sensing systems for long term surveillance and structural monitoring. Although many detection schemes have been proposed, industrial acceptance of optical fibers as validated replacement of other sensors is limited. Low cost manufacturability, reliability, and long term stability are very important for usability in concrete and composite material structures. Lifetime for major structures in civil engineering of 50 - 100 years are very demanding on the sensors and require accurate aging models and test data to demonstrate their reliability and durability. Acceleration factors of several orders of magnitude can be achieved under reasonable testing conditions depending on temperature, mechanical stress, humidity, chemical environment and activation energy of the damaging process. We report on accelerated aging tests and failure mechanisms of optical fibers and Bragg gratings at elevated temperature, humidity and mechanical stress. Aging behavior is discussed and results from field measurements of large civil structures are presented.