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High repetition-rate full-spectrum interrogation of FGB sensors for dynamic measurements in composite laminates
Author(s): W. Kunzler; Z. Zhu; M. Wirthlin; R. Selfridge; S. Schultz; A. Propst; K. Peters; M. Zikry
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a new means for collecting fiber Bragg grating (FBG) data during drop tower measurements used to assess damage to composite structures. The high repetition-rate collection process reveals transient features that cannot be resolved in quasi-static measurements. The experiments made at a repetition rate of about 500 Hz show that the detected FBG spectrum broadens for a short period of time and relaxes quickly to a narrower static state. Furthermore, this relaxation time increases dramatically as the strike count increases. The information gained by such measurements will enhance the ability to characterize and distinguish failure modes and predict remaining lifetime in composite laminate structures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 April 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7293, Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems 2009, 729304 (7 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.816384
Show Author Affiliations
W. Kunzler, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
Z. Zhu, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
M. Wirthlin, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
R. Selfridge, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
S. Schultz, Brigham Young Univ. (United States)
A. Propst, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
K. Peters, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
M. Zikry, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7293:
Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems 2009
Norbert G. Meyendorf; Kara J. Peters; Wolfgang Ecke, Editor(s)

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