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Smart structures: the role of fiber optics
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Paper Abstract

The concept of the smart structure integrates structural engineering, sensing, control systems and actuation to provide a mechanical assembly which is capable of responding to its environment and/or loading conditions. The realization of the smart structure requires integration of skills in a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines ranging from mechanical engineering through materials science into signal processing, data analysis, sensing and actuation. The sensing technology must have a number of key features of which the ability to take distributed measurements of various parameters throughout the structure is paramount. Fiber optics technology therefore promises to have a significant role to play in the evolution of the smart structures concept. This paper analyses this role in detail, presents an assessment of the current state-of-the art in fiber optic technology related to smart structures and presents a scenario for future developments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 November 1994
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 2341, Interferometry '94: Interferometric Fiber Sensing, (30 November 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.195534
Show Author Affiliations
Brian Culshaw, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
W. Craig Michie, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Peter T. Gardiner, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2341:
Interferometry '94: Interferometric Fiber Sensing
Eric Udd; Ralph P. Tatam, Editor(s)

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