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New concepts for fiber optic position sensors
Author(s): Eric Perraud
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Paper Abstract

Digital or ladar fiber optic position sensors may be a promising alternative to electrical LVDT or RVDT for aeronautics. They are rugged devices, they do not need some form of referencing to avoid any error arising from random in-line loss, and they give absolute measurement results. Besides they are to date, the sensors which are the most advanced in tests for aeronautical applications. In this paper we present new concepts for these sensors which make them easier to implement on an aircraft. One of these ideas consists in referencing the optical fiber length from the emitter/receiver to the ladar sensing head, thus making the sensor acquisition independent of the optical fiber length. The other principles which are discussed in this paper concern digital fiber optic sensors. The second concept consists in adding a checksum to each position encoding word in order to test if the measure is valid or not. At last we propose a specific quantization law.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 1993
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1799, Specialty Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms and Plastic Optical Fibers, (9 February 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.141353
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Eric Perraud, ONERA CERT (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1799:
Specialty Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms and Plastic Optical Fibers
Luis Figueroa; Mototaka Kitazawa; Norris E. Lewis; Robert E. Steele; Deepak Varshneya, Editor(s)

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