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Fiber optic modal domain sensors for monitoring impact-related acoustic shock waves
Author(s): Kim D. Bennett; R. C. Winters; Ru Z. Chen
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Paper Abstract

The applicability of optical fiber modal domain sensors to impact monitoring in aircraft components is studied. This work pulls together a number of scattered ideas from previous research programs onto one working platform, and includes the incorporation of lead-in and lead-out fibers, integrated spatial filtering, a novel fiber termination technique, and an inertial microbender to enhance mode coupling effects. Impacts to both graphite/epoxy composite and metallic specimens were carried out using a unique test apparatus constructed to accommodate a wide variety of measurement conditions. Test results suggest that modal domain sensors can offer quantitative information about the energy associated with a particular impact, as well as its location. Various sensor configurations and signal processing options are discussed, and recommendations for optimized sensing given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2004, Interferometry VI: Applications, (1 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.172586
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Kim D. Bennett, Lafayette College (United States)
R. C. Winters, Lafayette College (United States)
Ru Z. Chen, Lafayette College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2004:
Interferometry VI: Applications
Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz; Gordon M. Brown; Werner P. O. Jueptner, Editor(s)

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