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Geotechnical pressure cell using a long-term reliable high-precision fiber optic sensor head
Author(s): R. Gloetzl; D. Hofmann; F. Basedau; W. Habel
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Paper Abstract

Geotechnical measurements are producing various data which are used for interpretation and e.g. safety calculation. The reliability of such data is of most importance as every decision on civil engineering action needed is based on this data. Known and also unknown influences changing data are a basic demand for deeper investigation and research. In present time we have limited tools only to minimize perturbing influences. One of these demands-the long-term development of data also called long-term stability-is described in this paper. The paper describes a sensor head for long-term high-precision measurements of very small deflections of a diaphragm used for pressure gauges. High precision deformation measurement is assured by using a fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer sensor; identification of zero-point changes, and thus, long-term stable measurement is achieved by a specially designed absolute interferometer sensor. Several fiber optic solutions based on fiber Fabry-Perot technique have been investigated to find out a reliable sensor design. The presented sensor design has reached prototype status and allows to measure unambiguously static deformations with high precision. In order to evaluate repeatability and possible changes of zero-point reference if the head has been disconnected, validation of the described pressure gauge has been started. This validation work includes calibration and enables to evaluate possible drift effects, and to identify mechanical or thermal hysteresis. Thus, the highlight in this paper is the observation and measurement of zero-point development over time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5758, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Smart Sensor Technology and Measurement Systems, (16 May 2005);
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R. Gloetzl, Gloetzl GmbH (Germany)
D. Hofmann, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Germany)
F. Basedau, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Germany)
W. Habel, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5758:
Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Smart Sensor Technology and Measurement Systems
Eric Udd; Daniele Inaudi, Editor(s)

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