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General purpose fiber optic hydrophone made of castable epoxy
Author(s): Steven L. Garrett; David A. Brown; Brian L. Beaton; Kevin Wetterskog; John Serocki
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Paper Abstract

A fiber-optic, interferometric, flexural disk hydrophone cast from an epoxy resin is described. This hydrophone is designed in the shape of an enclosed, hollow cylinder with pairs of flat, spiral wound coils of optical fiber embedded in each sensing plate. An all-fiber Michelson interferometer is used to detect the optical phase shift which results from pressure induced strains in the optical fiber. The sensing coils are positioned in the plates in a manner to enhance the acoustic response and provide cancelation of acceleration induced signals. An epoxy resin was chosen for its relatively high tensile strength, its low Young's modulus, and its ability to cure at room temperature. The acoustic sensitivity of this sensor in both air and water was measured to be 0.277 0.005 rad/Pa (-131.2 dB re rad/μPa) which corresponds to a normalized sensitivity (formula available in paper)re 1 μPa-1 below 1 .0 kHz. This measured result is in excellent agreement with simple elastic theory and the measured epoxy elastic constants. The normalized acceleration sensitivity is (formula available in paper)dB re g-1. The acceleration-to-acoustic sensitivity ratio (figure-of-merit) of -134 dB re g4tPa is the largest reported to date for any fiber-optic hydrophone.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1991
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 1367, Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors VIII, (1 February 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.24725
Show Author Affiliations
Steven L. Garrett, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
David A. Brown, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
Brian L. Beaton, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
Kevin Wetterskog, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
John Serocki, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1367:
Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors VIII
Ramon P. DePaula; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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