7 April 2008 Smart technical textiles with integrated POF sensors
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Fiber optic sensors based on polymer optical fibers (POF) take advantage of the high elasticity and high break-down strain of POF. Because of their outstanding elastic properties, POF are well suited for integration into technical textiles like geotextiles and medical textiles. Smart textiles with incorporated POF sensors, able to sense various mechanical and physical quantities, can be realized. The integration of POF as a sensor into geotextiles for monitoring of displacement of soil is very attractive since POF can be used for distributed strain measurement of strain values of more than 40 %. An online monitoring of critical mechanical deformations of geotechnical structures like dikes, dams, slopes, embankments as well as of masonry structures can be ensured. Medical textiles that incorporate POF sensors can control vital physiological parameters like respiratory movement and can be used for wearable health monitoring of patients requiring a continuous medical assistance and treatment. The biocompatibility of POF is an important criterion for selecting POF as a medical sensor. The paper shows selected examples of using POF sensors for the mentioned monitoring purposes.
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Katerina Krebber, Katerina Krebber, Philipp Lenke, Philipp Lenke, Sascha Liehr, Sascha Liehr, Jens Witt, Jens Witt, Marcus Schukar, Marcus Schukar, } "Smart technical textiles with integrated POF sensors", Proc. SPIE 6933, Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems 2008, 69330V (7 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776758; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.776758

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