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Instrumentation for interrogating many-element fiber Bragg grating arrays
Author(s): Charles G. Askins; Martin A. Putnam; E. Joseph Friebele
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Paper Abstract

Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) arrays have provided the Smart Structures community with a powerful means for real-time and absolute point measurements of strain throughout extended structures. The mechanical properties of these optical fiber sensors uniquely suit them for unobtrusive and reliable incorporation into composite materials, while wavelength encoding of the measurand enables independent interrogation of many devices distributed along a single fiber. In view of recent progress towards practical and economical FBG array fabrication via the computer-controlled in-line writing process during fiber draw, there is a complementary need for economical instrumentation which makes efficient use of the reflected signals. This is an important issue, especially since the reflectivity of narrow-line, type I gratings produced during fiber draw is typically less than 5%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2444, Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation, (20 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207681
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Charles G. Askins, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Martin A. Putnam, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
E. Joseph Friebele, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2444:
Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation
William B. Spillman, Editor(s)

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