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Dynamic fiber Bragg grating strain sensor using a wavelength-locked tunable fiber ring laser
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Paper Abstract

The interrogation systems based on fiber-optic sensors are very attractive for the practical applications in structural health monitoring owing to a number of advantages of optical fiber elements over their electronic counterparts. Among the fiber-optic sensors, the fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) have their own unique features to be widely used for detection of acoustic emission. We have developed a dynamic strain sensing system by using a tunable single longitudinal mode Erbium-doped fiber ring laser to be locked to the middle-reflection wavelength of the FBG as the demodulation technique. A proportional-integral-derivative device continuously controls the laser wavelength that is kept at the FBG middle-reflection wavelength, thus stabilizing the operating point against quasi-static perturbation, while the high frequency dynamic strain shifts the FBG reflection profile. The reflected power varies in proportion to the applied strain which can be derived directly from AC photocurrent of the reflected signal. We have designed and assembled a fourchannel demodulator system for simultaneous high frequency dynamic strain sensing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8348, Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2012, 83482H (20 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915014
Show Author Affiliations
Yinian Zhu, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Sridhar Krishnaswamy, Northwestern Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8348:
Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2012
Tribikram Kundu, Editor(s)

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