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Embedded fiber optic sensors for structural damage detection
Author(s): Jennifer L. Grace; Stephen H. Poland; Kent A. Murphy; Richard O. Claus; P. Abraham; K. Sridharan
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Paper Abstract

A fiber optic optical time domain reflectometer-based (OTDR) sensing system is described for detecting the extent and/or location of damage incurred by a composite material following an impact event. Two multi-mode fibers are embedded within a graphite composite to form a 'checkerboard' fiber mesh with 0.5 inch spacing. The measurement system consists of a PC- based virtual instrument, a high resolution optical time domain reflectometer, and two fiber optic sensors. Using the OTDR and processing algorithms, the location of impact can be determined within the composite panel by scanning the length of each fiber from both ends. The OTDR scanning process yields four reference points which can be used to determine the location of the impact referenced to a coordinate axes designated within the composite panel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2718, Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation, (30 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.240861
Show Author Affiliations
Jennifer L. Grace, Fiber and Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Stephen H. Poland, Fiber and Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Kent A. Murphy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Richard O. Claus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
P. Abraham, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
K. Sridharan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2718:
Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation
Kent A. Murphy; Dryver R. Huston, Editor(s)

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