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Study of fiber optic sensor reliability, durability, and failure modes for shipboard machinery
Author(s): Henry R. Hegner; Henry K. Whitesel
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Navy has embarked on a program to develop and install fiber optic (FO) sensors on hull, mechanical, and electrical equipment for control and monitoring purposes. Sensor reliability goals are 100,000 hours mean-time- between-failure and a life time of 40 years. This paper presents results of a study of FO systems and sensors with the goal of estimating reliability and durability in the shipboard environment. Sources of information were technical reports and papers, and direct inputs from manufacturers, developers, and users of FO sensors. Little information was available on reliability tests for individual sensors. Results indicate that existing FO sensor components and systems potentially can achieve the required Navy reliability and durability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2072, Fiber Optic Physical Sensors in Manufacturing and Transportation, (7 February 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.166848
Show Author Affiliations
Henry R. Hegner, ECO, Inc. (United States)
Henry K. Whitesel, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2072:
Fiber Optic Physical Sensors in Manufacturing and Transportation
John W. Berthold; Richard O. Claus; Michael A. Marcus; Robert S. Rogowski, Editor(s)

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