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Automatically produced FRP beams with embedded FOS in complex geometry: process, material compatibility, micromechanical analysis, and performance tests
Author(s): Markus Gabler; Viktoriya Tkachenko; Simon Küppers; Georg G. Kuka; Wolfgang R. Habel; Markus Milwich; Jan Knippers
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Paper Abstract

The main goal of the presented work was to evolve a multifunctional beam composed out of fiber reinforced plastics (FRP) and an embedded optical fiber with various fiber Bragg grating sensors (FBG). These beams are developed for the use as structural member for bridges or industrial applications. It is now possible to realize large scale cross sections, the embedding is part of a fully automated process and jumpers can be omitted in order to not negatively influence the laminate. The development includes the smart placement and layout of the optical fibers in the cross section, reliable strain transfer, and finally the coupling of the embedded fibers after production. Micromechanical tests and analysis were carried out to evaluate the performance of the sensor. The work was funded by the German ministry of economics and technology (funding scheme ZIM). Next to the authors of this contribution, Melanie Book with Röchling Engineering Plastics KG (Haren/Germany) and Katharina Frey with SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG (Saerbeck/Germany) were part of the research group.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2012
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8346, Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems Integration 2012, 83460B (30 March 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915489
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Markus Gabler, ITKE Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Viktoriya Tkachenko, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (Germany)
Simon Küppers, Institut für Textil- und Verfahrenstechnik (ITV) (Germany)
Georg G. Kuka, Fiberware GmbH (Germany)
Wolfgang R. Habel, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (Germany)
Markus Milwich, Institut für Textil- und Verfahrenstechnik (ITV) (Germany)
Jan Knippers, ITKE Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8346:
Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems Integration 2012
Theodore E. Matikas, Editor(s)

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