14 November 1997 Analysis of fiber Bragg grating sensors in smart structures
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Optical fibers are used in smart structures mainly as sensor elements and communication links. Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) based sensors have become the most popular ones among all the fiber sensors. For distributed measurement, the sensing network is required to cover as much area as possible. Also, the sensors are required to be placed as closely as possible to achieve a better surface-scanning. These together necessitate the need for a number of sensors to be incorporated in one fiber line, something restricted in practice by the individual sensor response and the source bandwidth. In this paper, a theoretical analysis of Bragg gratings, in isolation and in an array is presented. An existing theory of FBG has been revisited with a view to reduce the sensor's bandwidth. Effect of inclusion of second derivatives and cladding modes in the coupled mode theory used here is explained. For a typical 4% Ge doped single mode fiber, FWHM of a grating is found to be 1.7 nm as against 3.7 nm, when no such modification is done. Uniform grating array is preferred over the non-uniform type, from the fabrication and signal processing point of view. But for an array consisting of a large number of uniform gratings, addressing each sensor element becomes the problem. An array of non- uniform cluster of uniform gratings can be a good remedy for this. The number of gratings in one cluster is a trade-off between the measurement and signal-processing ease.
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Indu Shekhar Das, Indu Shekhar Das, Talabuttala Srinivas, Talabuttala Srinivas, Ananth Selvarajan, Ananth Selvarajan, } "Analysis of fiber Bragg grating sensors in smart structures", Proc. SPIE 3241, Smart Materials, Structures, and Integrated Systems, (14 November 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.293508; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.293508

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