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Manufacturing studies of fiber optic embedment in polymer-matrix composites
Author(s): A. Peter Jardine; John S. Madsen; Thomas M. Donnellan; Raymond J. Meilunas; A. G. Tobin
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Paper Abstract

Optical fibers were embedded into graphite-epoxy polymer matrix composites using a variety of geometries and insertion techniques to evaluate different manufacturing methods for embedding sensors in composite materials. Fiber durability during processing and post- processing handling was examined. In general, it was found that the fibers survived the processing step, even when efforts were made to induce failure. Handling during the demolding and trimming operations did cause fiber fracture. Protection techniques designed to improve the fiber survival rates were developed. These techniques were demonstrated to improve the survival rate. Both edge and surface exit embeddment techniques were developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1918, Smart Structures and Materials 1993: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation, (12 July 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.148008
Show Author Affiliations
A. Peter Jardine, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)
John S. Madsen, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)
Thomas M. Donnellan, Grumman Corporate Research Ctr. (United States)
Raymond J. Meilunas, Grumman Corporate Research Ctr. (United States)
A. G. Tobin, Grumman Corporate Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1918:
Smart Structures and Materials 1993: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation
Richard O. Claus, Editor(s)

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