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Fiber-Optic Microprobe For Interferometric Measurements In Generators
Author(s): L De Maria; M Martinelli; C Pistoni; A Barberis
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Paper Abstract

In the framework of the development of an extrinsic type fiber-optic interferometric sensor, the design and the qualification tests of the sensing microprobe are presented. The microprobe is the end-termination of a fiber-optic instrument devised for the monitoring of the end-turn vibrations of large generators. Since the monitoring must be made in real operating conditions, the microprobe must survive in real harsh environment: 100°C average temperature, very high electromagnetic field (30000 Amp. average current), pure hydrogen at 4 atmosphere pressure, high mechanical noise. The microprobes were developed following two approaches: conventional and stacked micro-optics concept. Several thermal tests showed a better behaviour by the stacked-optic microprobe. During the test, autointerference modulation phenomena appeared on the control beams. A hypothesis of a polyetalon existence inside the microprobe was formulated and its correctness was supported by a computer simulation. Preliminary qualification tests of the whole interferometric instrument, ended by the stacked-optic microprobe, showed an excellent response over the whole thermal operating range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 1988
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0867, Optical Devices in Adverse Environments, (8 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.965073
Show Author Affiliations
L De Maria, CISE Tecnologie Innovative S.p.A (Italy)
M Martinelli, CISE Tecnologie Innovative S.p.A (Italy)
C Pistoni, CISE Tecnologie Innovative S.p.A (Italy)
A Barberis, CISE Tecnologie Innovative S.p.A (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0867:
Optical Devices in Adverse Environments
Roger A. Greenwell, Editor(s)

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