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Guidelines and standards for fiber optic sensors: Quo vadis?
Author(s): Wolfgang R. Habel
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Paper Abstract

Standardization activities for fiber optic sensors are increasingly discussed in the scientific as well as users community. Although numerous standards for the characterization of fiber optic components have been available for years, guidelines or extensive standards for use of fiber optic sensors are still 'in statu nascendi'. Not only fiber sensor users are interested in getting guidelines and technical recommendations, manufacturers are also interested in getting technical standards for validation and specification. Development of standards for fiber optic sensors will be intrinsically very complex and thus different from standards for optical fibers and their components. They have to cover different physical mechanisms due to different sensor principles for a multitude of measurands, application fields, and types. The paper gives, first, a survey of recent international activities in this field. It will propose, second, a possible structure for fiber optic sensor characterization standards as well as a structure for guidelines needed for the most frequent practical applications. Special standardization issues to be included in discussion also concern: * choice and design aspects for sensors for mechanical quantities (particularly strain and deformation) * consideration of possible environmental and measurement-relevant circumstances on-site * proof test conditions * requirements on application techniques to bring the sensor system into service appropriately. The discussion in European and worldwide committees on fiber optic sensors that already exist or recently have started should cover all mentioned standardization aspects. Some problems with the establishing of manpower that is fully available for this extensive work are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6167, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Smart Sensor Monitoring Systems and Applications, 61671A (30 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.668067
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Wolfgang R. Habel, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung Berlin (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6167:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Smart Sensor Monitoring Systems and Applications
Daniele Inaudi; Wolfgang Ecke; Brian Culshaw; Kara J. Peters; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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