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Fabrication and application of low-cost optical fiber sensor arrays for industrial and commercial applications
Author(s): E. Joseph Friebele; Charles G. Askins; Martin A. Putnam; Glen M. Williams; Alan D. Kersey; A. A. Fosha; J. Florio; R. P. Donti; R. G. Blosser
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Paper Abstract

Widespread use of smart structures technology in industrial and commercial applications requires significant reductions in systems cost and complexity. For knowledge and control of the shape and vibration of structures, one would ideally employ a number of discrete strain sensors placed at critical locations. One significant advantage of optical fiber sensors is that they can be multiplexed along a single fiber and be individually addressed, greatly simplifying the ingress-egress- connection problems. Multielement strain sensor arrays have been fabricated during the drawing of an optical fiber from a preform at a sustained rate of approximately equals 2,000 per hour. These arrays have been surface- mounted and embedded in composites, and distributed static and vibrational strain measurements have been made. This paper will report recent developments and improvements in this low-cost technique for fabricating and applying strain sensors for smart structures applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2447, Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209344
Show Author Affiliations
E. Joseph Friebele, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Charles G. Askins, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Martin A. Putnam, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Glen M. Williams, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Alan D. Kersey, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
A. A. Fosha, Ciba Heath Techna (United States)
J. Florio, Ciba Heath Techna (United States)
R. P. Donti, Ciba Heath Techna (United States)
R. G. Blosser, Ciba Heath Techna (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2447:
Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
C. Robert Crowe; Gary L. Anderson, Editor(s)

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