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Reliability, availability, and maintainability considerations for fiber optical sensor applications
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Paper Abstract

The paper gives an overview of reliability, availability, and maintainability of fiber optical sensors, three key factors on which standards and validation should be based and which are required for successful industrialization. The examples given are based on two long term applications with fiber optical Bragg gratings - the surveillance of two bridges (civil engineering). However, similar reflections are required for any type of application and any optical fiber sensors. Recommendations are given to improve the confidence and acceptance of possible users in fiber optical sensing systems. It is shown that with proper installation lifetimes of 50 years are possible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2006
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 6167, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Smart Sensor Monitoring Systems and Applications, 61671B (30 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.657872
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Rolf Brönnimann, EMPA (Switzerland)
Marcel Held, EMPA (Switzerland)
Philipp M. Nellen, EMPA (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6167:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Smart Sensor Monitoring Systems and Applications
Daniele Inaudi; Wolfgang Ecke; Brian Culshaw; Kara J. Peters; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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