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Fiber optic sensors for smart taxiways
Author(s): Douglas D. Janzen; Norbert Fuerstenau; Wolfgang Goetze
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Paper Abstract

Fiber-optic sensors could offer advantages in the field of airport ground traffic monitoring: immunity to electromagnetic interference, installation without costly and time consuming airfield closures, and low loss, low noise optical connection between sensors and signal processing equipment. This paper describes fiber-optic sensors developed for airport taxiway monitoring and the first steps toward their installation in an experimental surface movement guidance and control system at the Braunschweig airport. Initial results obtained with fiber- optic light barriers and vibration sensors are reported. The feasibility of employing interferometric strain gauges for this application will be discussed based on sensor characteristics obtained through measurements of strain in an aircraft structure in flight.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2509, Smart Structures: Optical Instrumentation and Sensing Systems, (21 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.221118
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Douglas D. Janzen, DLR (Germany)
Norbert Fuerstenau, DLR (Germany)
Wolfgang Goetze, DLR (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2509:
Smart Structures: Optical Instrumentation and Sensing Systems
Deepak G. Uttamchandani, Editor(s)

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