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Bend sensing in structures using long-period optical fiber gratings
Author(s): Chen-Chun Ye; Cathy Y. Wei; S. Khaliq; Stephen W. James; P. E. Irving; Ralph P. Tatam
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Paper Abstract

When a long-period fibre grating (LPG) is bent, each resonant attenuation band of the transmission spectrum is observed to split into two. The wavelength separation of the split attenuation bands increases significantly with increasing bend curvature. Based on the recent observation of this novel effect1, a high sensitivity structural bend sensor has been developed. The LPGs were bonded to the surface of a steel plate using an unsaturated polyester adhesive, and their bend sensing characteristics examined. Pairs of concave and convex testing jigs with a bending curvature ranging from 0.1 to 2m1 were used to apply accurate bending curvature to the steel plate. The LPGs responses to bending in air and in the polyester adhesive are compared.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4073, Fifth European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials, (24 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.396412
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Chen-Chun Ye, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Cathy Y. Wei, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
S. Khaliq, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Stephen W. James, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
P. E. Irving, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Ralph P. Tatam, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)


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Fifth European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials

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