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10 May 2012 Optical fiber sensing of corroded materials with evanescent wave absorption measurements
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This research effort is to demonstrate a remote sensing method using optical fibers with a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) interferometer as an evanescent wave spectroscopic technique. In addition to the usual advantages of optical fiber sensors, such as small size and weight, optical fibers can be embedded in aircraft structures in locations where humidity and corrosion can accumulate but cannot be directly observed. A fiber-optic-FTIR experimental setup, including several samples of field corroded materials, has been assembled to spectrally detect Aluminum Hydroxide [Al(OH)3] which is one of the major components of aluminum corrosion. Absorption spectra of Al(OH)3 have been collected using an Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) crystal as a reference spectral signature. The absorption spectra of samples from a simulated corrosion process and from the field corroded structures have been collected and compared with the reference Al(OH)3 spectra. Chalcogenide optical fibers are used for remote sensing purposes to detect corrosion. Two distinctive absorption peaks, attributable to aluminum hydroxide, are noticed from the simulated corrosion and from the field corroded structures.
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Juock Namkung and Andy Schwartz "Optical fiber sensing of corroded materials with evanescent wave absorption measurements", Proc. SPIE 8368, Photonic Applications for Aerospace, Transportation, and Harsh Environment III, 83680S (10 May 2012);

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