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Performance of miniaturized optical fiber interconnects between sensor-embedded composite panels
Author(s): Richard O. Claus; Ricky Crotts; Kent A. Murphy; Robert P. Dahlgren; Tuan A. Tran; Stephen H. Poland
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports the performance of low-profile multi-fiber connectors between sensor-embedded composite panels. The interconnection of such composite panels has been cited as a major limitation to optical fiber sensor- embedded `smart materials and structures' during the past fourteen years. Typically the leads of optical fiber sensors embedded in composites have been brought out of the material either at the sides through protective tubing or through the surface via standard connectors in recessed depressions in the material surface. The first of these options suffers from a lack of mechanical robustness, while the second serves to locally weaken the material and to expose the fiber sensor channel to the external environment. We report successful connector embedment at the panel edge with singlemode connector losses of less than 1.1 dB, and connectorized fiber sensors accessed through the fiber connector.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2072, Fiber Optic Physical Sensors in Manufacturing and Transportation, (7 February 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.166857
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Richard O. Claus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Ricky Crotts, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Kent A. Murphy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Robert P. Dahlgren, Fujikura Technology America Corp. (United States)
Tuan A. Tran, Fiber and Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Stephen H. Poland, Fiber and Sensor Technologies, Inc. (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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