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In-situ strain measurements in composites during fatigue testing using optical fiber Bragg gratings and a portable CCD detection system
Author(s): Tonguy Liu; Gerard Franklyn Fernando; Yun-Jiang Rao; David A. Jackson; Lin Zhang; Ian Bennion
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Paper Abstract

An optical fibre Bragg grating (FBG) sensor was surface mounted onto a carbon fibre reinforced epoxy composite and subjected to static and dynamic loading. The FBG sensor was found to operate satisfactorily up to 700,000 cycles when the fatigue test was terminated. The fatigue test was conducted at a peak stress of 210 MPa and a stress ratio of -0.5. The FBG sensor was also found to operate satisfactorily over the cyclic loading frequency range of 0.1 - 6 Hz used in this study. The feasibility of using the sensor system for monitoring the stiffness ofthe composite during the fatigue test was demonstrated. The signal processing for the sensor system was based on a CCD spectrometer. The sensitivity of the static strain measurements was found to be approximately 80 jtc. A broadening ofthe FBG reflective spectrum was seen to develop as a function of fatigue cycles, and this phenomenon may be due to the delamination ofthe sensor from the surface ofthe composite.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2895, Fiber Optic Sensors V, (24 September 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.252137
Show Author Affiliations
Tonguy Liu, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Gerard Franklyn Fernando, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Yun-Jiang Rao, Univ. of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom)
David A. Jackson, Univ. of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom)
Lin Zhang, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
Ian Bennion, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2895:
Fiber Optic Sensors V
Kim D. Bennett; Byoung Yoon Kim; Yanbiao Liao, Editor(s)

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