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Optical fiber pressure sensors for adaptive wings
Author(s): Paul Grems Duncan; Mark E. Jones; Kevin A. Shinpaugh; Stephen H. Poland; Kent A. Murphy; Richard O. Claus
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Paper Abstract

Optical fiber pressure sensors have been developed for use on a structurally-adaptive `smart wing'; further details of the design, fabrication and testing of the smart wing concept are presented in companion papers. This paper describes the design, construction, and performance of the pressure sensor and a combined optical and electronic signal processing system implemented to permit the measurement of a large number of sensors distributed over the control surfaces of a wing. Optical fiber pressure sensors were implemented due to anticipated large electromagnetic interference signals within the operational environment. The sensors utilized the principle of the extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer (EFPI) already developed for the measurement of strain and temperature. Here, the cavity is created inside a micromachined hollow-core tube with a silicon diaphragm at one end. The operation of the sensor is similar to that of the EFPI strain gage also discussed in several papers at this conference. The limitations placed upon the performance of the digital signal processing system were determined by the required pressure range of the sensors and the cycle time of the control system used to adaptively modify the shape of the wing. Sensor calibration and the results of testing performed are detailed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3042, Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation, (6 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.275751
Show Author Affiliations
Paul Grems Duncan, Fiber and Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Mark E. Jones, Fiber and Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Kevin A. Shinpaugh, 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)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3042:
Smart Structures and Materials 1997: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation
Richard O. Claus, Editor(s)

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