Intensity Fiber-Optic Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring Calibrated by Impact Tester
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In this paper, the use of intrinsic intensity fiber-optic sensors for structural health monitoring was investigated. Polyethylene-based composite samples with glass mat reinforcement and embedded telecommunication fibers were subjected to impact using high-speed puncture impact tester as a calibration device. Transfer function of the sensor was generated by linking the light intensity modulation depth with the impact force and the impact point to fiber distance. Conditions for transfer function validity were presented. To detect any possible dangerous impact, a net of crossed fibers was proposed and the net spacing for the given material was calculated. Appropriate non-damaging calibration procedure was proposed, as well as the algorithm for locating the impact point. The method for calculating the impact force, the projectile momentum change, and the place of impact was verified by consecutive strikes on the previously calibrated sample. The sensor can also provide information on the ...time of the impact and an alarm signal if the force exceeds the damaging threshold force.
Keywords:Fiber optic sensors / impact testing / structural health monitoring / damage threshold force
Source:Ieee Sensors Journal, 2016, 16, 9, 3047-3053
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