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A fuel level sensor for aeronautical applications
Author(s): L. Petrazzuoli; G. Persichetti; G. Onorato; I. A. Grimaldi; G. Testa; R. Bernini
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Paper Abstract

A novel fuel level sensor for aeronautical applications is developed. The sensor is based on an array of total internal reflection (TIR) point sensors. Respect to conventional TIR sensors the new design permits to be sensitive to common jet fuels (JetA, JP4,JP7) but also to operate with new alternative fuels. The sensor doesn’t require aircraft calibration, temperature compensation and furthermore is able to operate correctly when partially or totally exposed to presence of condensed water on its surface. The point sensors are multiplexed on a single fiber by optical couplers and interrogated simultaneously by Optical Time Domain Reflectometry (OTDR) at a wavelength of 1550nm. Experimental results show a resolution of ±1.5mm could be achieved. The sensors is also able to measure the free water level in the fuel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9369, Photonic Instrumentation Engineering II, 93690D (13 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2079962
Show Author Affiliations
L. Petrazzuoli, Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell'Ambiente, CNR (Italy)
G. Persichetti, Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell'Ambiente, CNR (Italy)
G. Onorato, Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell'Ambiente, CNR (Italy)
I. A. Grimaldi, Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell'Ambiente, CNR (Italy)
G. Testa, Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell'Ambiente, CNR (Italy)
R. Bernini, Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell'Ambiente, CNR (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9369:
Photonic Instrumentation Engineering II
Yakov G. Soskind; Craig Olson, Editor(s)

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