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Transverse load sensing with a tilted fiber Bragg grating compressed between conforming elastomers
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Paper Abstract

A novel fiber optic transverse load sensor is experimentally demonstrated by using a 10° tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) compressed between two conforming elastomer layers, which has a high refractive index and low Young's modulus. The applied transverse loads increase the contact angle of optical fiber and conforming elastomers, which suppress the cladding modes coupling and introduce a broadband loss in the spectrum of the TFBG. Using fast Fourier transform (FFT) analysis on a selected bandwidth of the transmission spectrum, it is found that the peak amplitude of the dominant spectral fringes decreases with the increasing transverse load with an near-linear sensitivity of 125 arbitrary unit/N (in the range of 0~6N). Finally, the temperature effect on the response of sensor has been investigated at a constant load of 3.8 N. The results show that the sensor is independent to temperature, with a maximum error of 2% from 25 °C to 75 °C.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2011
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 7753, 21st International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, 77536O (17 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.882207
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Li-Yang Shao, Carleton Univ. (Canada)
China Jiliang Univ. (China)
Jacques Albert, Carleton Univ. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7753:
21st International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors
Jacques Albert; Wojtek J. Bock, Editor(s)

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