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Fiber optic liquid level monitoring system using microstructured polymer fiber Bragg grating array sensors: performance analysis
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Paper Abstract

A highly sensitive liquid level monitoring system based on microstructured polymer optical fiber Bragg grating (mPOFBG) array sensors is reported for the first time. The configuration is based on five mPOFBGs inscribed in the same fiber in the 850 nm spectral region, showing the potential to interrogate liquid level by measuring the strain induced in each mPOFBG embedded in a silicone rubber (SR) diaphragm, which deforms due to hydrostatic pressure variations. The sensor exhibits a highly linear response over the sensing range, a good repeatability, and a high resolution. The sensitivity of the sensor is found to be 98 pm/cm of water, enhanced by more than a factor of 9 when compared to an equivalent sensor based on a silica fiber around 1550 nm. The temperature sensitivity is studied and a multi-sensor arrangement proposed, which has the potential to provide level readings independent of temperature and the liquid density.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2015
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 9634, 24th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, 96345V (28 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2193898
Show Author Affiliations
C. A. F. Marques, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. Pospori, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
D. Sáez-Rodríguez, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
K. Nielsen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
O. Bang, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
D. J. Webb, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9634:
24th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors
Hypolito José Kalinowski; José Luís Fabris; Wojtek J. Bock, Editor(s)

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