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Fiber Bragg grating-based shear strain sensors for adhesive bond monitoring
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Paper Abstract

The application of shear stress sensors in structural health monitoring remains limited because current sensors are either difficult to implement, they feature a low measurement resolution or the interrogation of the output signal is complex. We propose to use fiber Bragg grating-based sensors fabricated in dedicated highly birefringent microstructured optical fibers. When embedded in a host material, the orientation angle of the fiber should be chosen such that their polarization axes are aligned parallel with the direction of maximum shear stress when the host is mechanically loaded. We present experimental results of sensors embedded in the adhesive layer of single lap and double lap structural joints. These tests demonstrate that when the joints are tension loaded, the embedded sensors have a shear stress sensitivity of around 60 pm/MPa. We study the influence of the adhesive material on the sensor response, as well as the influence of sensor orientation and location in the bond line. Finally, we demonstrate the minimal thermal cross-sensitivity of the shear stress sensitivity of this sensor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9128, Micro-structured and Specialty Optical Fibres III, 91280D (2 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050338
Show Author Affiliations
Sanne Sulejmani, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Camille Sonnenfeld, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Thomas Geernaert, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Danny Van Hemelrijck, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Geert Luyckx, Univ. Gent (Belgium)
Pawel Mergo, Univ. of Maria Curie-Sklodowska (Poland)
Waclaw Urbanczyk, Wroclaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Karima Chah, Univ. de Mons (Belgium)
Christophe Caucheteur, Univ. de Mons (Belgium)
Patrice Mégret, Univ. de Mons (Belgium)
Hugo Thienpont, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Francis Berghmans, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9128:
Micro-structured and Specialty Optical Fibres III
Kyriacos Kalli; Alexis Mendez, Editor(s)

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