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Biaxial optical fiber sensor based in two multiplexed Bragg gratings for simultaneous shear stress and vertical pressure monitoring
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Paper Abstract

This work consists on the design and implementation of a compact and accurate biaxial optical fiber sensor (OFS) based on two in-line fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) for the simultaneous measurement of shear and vertical forces. The two FBGs were inscribed in the same optical fiber and placed individually in two adjacent cavities. In the calibration and performance tests, the response from the optical fiber cells was compared with the values given by a three-axial electronic force sensor. Sensitivity values obtained for the FBG1 are K1V= (14.15±0.10) pm/N (vertical force) and K1S= (-26.02±0.08) pm/N (shear force) and for the FBG2 are K2V= (7.35±0.02) pm/N and K2S= (-24.29±0.08) pm/N. The conversion of the Bragg wavelength shift, given by the optical fiber sensors, into the shear and vertical force values is also presented along with its comparison to the values retrieved by an electronic sensor, yielding to low RMSE values, which shows the high accuracy of the algorithm applied. This work stands out from the others with optical fiber by the simplicity of its structure. The proposed solution represents a compact and reliable device for simultaneous measurement of shear and vertical forces, useful in several areas, such as: incorporation into insoles for plantar pressure and shear force measurement; electronic skin technologies; smart rehabilitation robotic exoskeletons; or even biomimetic prosthesis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10680, Optical Sensing and Detection V, 106802R (9 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2306889
Show Author Affiliations
C. Tavares, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Univ. of Aveiro (Portugal)
M. Domingues, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Univ. of Aveiro (Portugal)
CSIC-UPM (Spain)
A. Frizera-Neto, Federal Univ. of Espírito Santo (Brazil)
C. Leitão, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Univ. of Aveiro (Portugal)
N. Alberto, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
C. Marques, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Univ. of Aveiro (Portugal)
A. Radwan, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
E. Rocon, CSIC-UPM (Spain)
P. André, Univ. of Lisbon (Portugal)
P. Antunes, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Univ. of Aveiro (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10680:
Optical Sensing and Detection V
Francis Berghmans; Anna G. Mignani, Editor(s)

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