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Novel fiber optic sensor for grip testing
Author(s): Li Ping Zhao; Zhong Ping Fang; Jinu Paul; Bryan Kok Ann Ngoi; Jun Hong Ng
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Paper Abstract

Grip strength is an easy measure of skeletal muscle function as well as a powerful predictor of disability, morbidity and mortality. In order to measure the grip strength, a novel fiber optic approach is proposed and demonstrated. Strain dependent wavelength response of fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) has been utilized to obtain the strength of individual fingers. Five FBGs are written at different center wavelengths on a single photosensitive fiber. Each FBG is used to get the response from each individual finger. The fiber containing the gratings is attached to a suitable grip holder, which can effectively transfer the grip force to the FBGs. An additional reference FBG is also provided to make the device temperature insensitive. Experimental results show that the wavelength shifts of the order of 0.2-0.5 nm can be achieved for individual fingers. The device is calibrated in terms of load to convert the wavelength shift to the strength of the grip. The time dependent wavelength fluctuations was also studied and presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 December 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5588, Smart Medical and Biomedical Sensor Technology II, (7 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.569790
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Li Ping Zhao, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (Singapore)
Zhong Ping Fang, Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (Singapore)
Jinu Paul, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
Bryan Kok Ann Ngoi, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
Jun Hong Ng, Institute for Infocomm Research (Singapore)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5588:
Smart Medical and Biomedical Sensor Technology II
Brian M. Cullum, Editor(s)

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