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Improving the in-flight security by employing seat occupancy sensors based on Fiber Bragg grating technology
Author(s): Hongtao Zhang; Pengfei Wang
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Paper Abstract

The current schemes of detecting the status of passengers in airplanes cannot satisfy the more strict regulations recently released by the United States Transportation Security Administration. In basis of investigation on the current seat occupancy sensors for vehicles, in this paper we present a novel scheme of seat occupancy sensors based on Fiber Bragg Grating technology to improve the in-flight security of airplanes. This seat occupancy sensor system can be used to detect the status of passengers and to trigger the airbags to control the inflation of air bags, which have been installed in the airplanes of some major airlines under the new law. This scheme utilizes our previous research results of Weight-In- Motion sensor system based on optical fiber Bragg grating. In contrast to the current seat occupancy sensors for vehicles, this new seat occupancy sensor has so many merits that it is very suitable to be applied in aerospace industry or high speed railway system. Moreover, combined with existing Fiber Bragg Grating strain or temperature sensor systems built in airplanes, this proposed method can construct a complete airline passenger management system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8370, Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications IX, 83700U (4 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.918723
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Hongtao Zhang, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell (United States)
Pengfei Wang, Polytechnic Institute of New York Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8370:
Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications IX
Henry H. Du; Gary Pickrell; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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