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On-line structural health and fire monitoring of a composite personal aircraft using an FBG sensing system
Author(s): K. Chandler; S. Ferguson; T. Graver; A. Csipkes; A. Mendez
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Paper Abstract

We report in this paper on the design and development of a novel on-line structural health monitoring and fire detection system based on an array of optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors and interrogation system installed on a new, precommercial compact aircraft. A combined total of 17 FBG sensors - strain, temperature and high-temperature - were installed at critical locations in an around the wings, fuselage and engine compartment of a prototype, Comp Air CA 12 all-composite, ten-passenger personal airplane powered by a 1,650 hp turbine engine. The sensors are interrogated online and in real time by a swept laser FBG interrogator (Micron Optics sm125-700) mounted on board the plane. Sensors readings are then combined with the plane's avionics system and displayed on the pilot's aviation control panel. This system represents the first of its kind in commercial, small frame, airplanes and a first for optical fiber sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 April 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6933, Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems 2008, 69330H (7 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.783125
Show Author Affiliations
K. Chandler, Chandler Monitoring Systems Inc. (United States)
S. Ferguson, Micron Optics Inc. (United States)
T. Graver, Micron Optics Inc. (United States)
A. Csipkes, Micron Optics Inc. (United States)
A. Mendez, MCH Engineering, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6933:
Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems 2008
Wolfgang Ecke; Kara J. Peters; Norbert G. Meyendorf, Editor(s)

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