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Temperature-insensitive strain sensor based on the measurement of reflected bandwidth from tapered fiber grating by a scanning FBG
Author(s): Xianhui Yang; Qiuhua Zhang; Yongsen Yu; Sheng-he Sun
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Paper Abstract

One of the most significant limitations of FBG sensors is their dual sensitivity to temperature and strain. Many methods have reported to avoid this problem by using a tapered fiber grating for the strain measurement free from temperature influence. But all of them are based on the measurement of the reflected power from the tapered fiber grating (TFG). In fact, they have abandoned the major advantage that the measured information is encoded in light wavelength instead of light intensity of FBG sensors, and the revolution of these sensors is begin to depend on the light power fluctuation, connection loss and many other elements. All of these would enlarge the cost of the sensing system. On the basis of the theory calculation and experiment, we demonstrate the feasibility to make a temperature-independent strain sensor by measuring the bandwidth of the reflected light from the tapered fiber grating. In this paper, we also present a novel demodulating method based on a scanning FBG. In the experiment, a PZT is used to make the reflected wavelength of FBG scanned from short wavelength to long wavelength to measure the bandwidth of the reflected light from TFG. From the experimental results, it could be seen that the influences of the light power fluctuation and connection loss are eliminated thoroughly. This simple and low-cost sensor approach has a considerable potential, particularly application for strain sensing in the smart structures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6595, Fundamental Problems of Optoelectronics and Microelectronics III, 65952M (5 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.725889
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Xianhui Yang, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Qiuhua Zhang, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Yongsen Yu, Jilin Univ. (China)
Sheng-he Sun, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6595:
Fundamental Problems of Optoelectronics and Microelectronics III
Yuri N. Kulchin; Jinping Ou; Oleg B. Vitrik; Zhi Zhou, Editor(s)

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