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13 May 2013 Characterization and demonstration of a 12-channel Laser-Doppler vibrometer
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Scanning laser-Doppler vibrometry is the standard optical, non-contact technology for vibration measurement applications in all areas of mechanical engineering. The vibration signals are measured from the different measurement points at different time points. This requires synchronization and the technology is limited to repeatable or periodic events. We have explored a new solution for the optical setup of the sensing system of a multi-channel vibrometer that we present in this paper. Our optical system is a 12-channel vibrometer and consists of a 12-channel interferometer unit which is connected with 12 optical fibers to a sensor head with 12 fiber-coupled objective lenses. Every objective lens can be focused manually and is placed in a sphere which can be tilted and fixed by a blocking screw. Thus it is possible to adjust a user defined measurement grid by hand. The user can define the geometry of the measurement grid in a camera image displayed in the software by just clicking on the laser foci. We use synchronous analog-digital conversion for the 12 heterodyne detector signals and a digital 12-channel-demodulator which is connected via USB to a computer. We can realize high deflection angles, good sensitivity, proper resolution, sufficient vibration bandwidth, and high maximum vibration amplitudes. In this paper, we demonstrate the optical and electrical setup of the manually adjustable 12-channel vibrometer, we present the experimentally evaluated performance of our device, and we present first measurements from real automotive applications.
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T. Haist, C. Lingel, W. Osten, K. Bendel, M. Giesen, M. Gartner, and C. Rembe "Characterization and demonstration of a 12-channel Laser-Doppler vibrometer", Proc. SPIE 8788, Optical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection VIII, 87881V (13 May 2013);

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