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Simultaneous single-fiber active vibration sensing and impact detection for large space structures
Author(s): Peter L. Fuhr
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Paper Abstract

The increasing complexity of large space structures further emphasizes the need for multi-use single element spacecraft components and sensors. Sensing of the vibrations of components and/or sections of a large space structure is necessary for ultra-high precision pointing and tracking as well as general platform stability. At the same time, the quest for a method of detecting spacecraft impacts with micrometeorites or debris continues. In this paper a method for using a single optical fiber for simultaneous impact detection and vibration sensing is described. Laboratory studies of these techniques using composite material panels are presented.

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Date Published: 12 July 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1918, Smart Structures and Materials 1993: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation, (12 July 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.147971
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Peter L. Fuhr, Univ. of Vermont (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1918:
Smart Structures and Materials 1993: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation
Richard O. Claus, Editor(s)

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