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Impact detection and location system for smart skins applications
Author(s): William B. Spillman Jr.; Peter L. Fuhr
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Paper Abstract

It is shown that both impact localization and impact magnitude determination can be achieved in rigid structures with embedded fiber-optic sensors. Impact-generated acoustic signals were detected by means of statistical mode fiber-optic vibration sensors that were embedded in a polymer matrix composite material panel. The 1-sigma error in inferred vs actual impact location, determined via relative-timing measurements, was found to be of about 4 cm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1370, Fiber Optic Smart Structures and Skins III, (1 December 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.24848
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William B. Spillman Jr., Simmonds Precision (United States)
Peter L. Fuhr, Univ. of Vermont (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1370:
Fiber Optic Smart Structures and Skins III
Richard O. Claus; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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