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Influence of optical fiber coating damage in the light transmissivity characteristics of microbend sensors
Author(s): Franz Campero; Paul Cosentino; David Fleming; Edward Kalajian; Barry Grossman
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Paper Abstract

A laboratory testing and engineering modeling study was completed to determine the influence of fiber optic coating damage caused by microbend contact on the performance of microbend sensors developed based on relatively low cost single-sided microbending technique using a multimode optical fiber. A testing method was designed, developed and implemented to determine the loads that caused optical fiber glass-coating debonding and coating fracture. Finite Element models of the fiber-deformer system were developed to study the failure modes and predict the stresses that caused this failure. Loads and displacements predicted by Finite Element models were found to be in good agreement with load and displacement values observed during the experimental analyses. It was found that optical fiber coating fracture changes the transmissivity output response but does not affect the recovery of the light transmissivity properties of the optical fiber. Viscoelastic effects were found to influence the behavior of the fiber-deformer system. It was also found that glass-coating debonding and coating fracture during a load-unload cycle are major causes of variability and error during microbend sensor calibration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5765, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems, (17 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.601976
Show Author Affiliations
Franz Campero, Florida Institute of Technology (United States)
Paul Cosentino, Florida Institute of Technology (United States)
David Fleming, Florida Institute of Technology (United States)
Edward Kalajian, Florida Institute of Technology (United States)
Barry Grossman, Florida Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5765:
Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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