Smart skins technology is in its infancy, and significant workmust be accomplished to ensure that evolving fiber-optic
sensor technology can be incorporated into smart skins concepts. This paper gives an overview of research into
embedding optical fibers and sensors in composites. It also presents a concept for a fiber-optic sensor network
embedded in aircraft skins to perform structural health monitoring and discusses issues, problems, and potential
solutions encountered in bringing multiple technologies together.
"Smart skins and fiber optic sensors: applications and issues", Proc. SPIE 1370, Fiber Optic Smart Structures and Skins III, (1 December 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.24832; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.24832