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Weakly intrusive optical fibre connector for composite materials applications: vibration and temperature validation tests
Author(s): D. Kinet; Bruno Guerra; D. Garray; C. Caucheteur; P. Mégret
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Paper Abstract

Due to their high mechanical and corrosion resistance and their small dimension, optical fibre sensors and more particularly fibre Bragg gratings have demonstrated their high utility in the composite material field for monitoring purpose when there are placed under constrain, vibration or temperature variation. In this context the ingress or egress of optical fibre sensors is an important issue for their application in real applications. However, the optical fibre at these transition points is very fragile and an improper handling of the samples can lead to breakage. In this paper, we describe a new kind of “small form factor” optical fibre connectors well suited to be embedded in composite materials. This new connector, cleavable, allows to obtain a good finish of the composite components that can be used in real applications. We also assess its proper behavior (reflection losses evolution) when this embedded connector is tested under vibration and temperature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8794, Fifth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors, 87942T (20 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2025859
Show Author Affiliations
D. Kinet, Univ. of Mons (Belgium)
Bruno Guerra, Sirris (Belgium)
D. Garray, Sirris (Belgium)
C. Caucheteur, Univ. of Mons (Belgium)
P. Mégret, Univ. of Mons (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8794:
Fifth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors
Leszek R. Jaroszewicz, Editor(s)

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