29 April 2016 High temperature measurements in irradiated environment using Raman fiber optics distributed temperature sensing
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Optical fiber temperature sensors using Raman effect are a promising technology for temperature mapping of nuclear power plant pipes. These pipes are exposed to high temperature (350 °C) and gamma radiations, which is a harsh environment for standard telecom fibers. Therefore metal coated fibers are to be used to perform measurement over 300 °C. Temperature variations can affect the attenuation of the metallic coated fiber before irradiation. The latter induces an extra attenuation, due to light absorption along the fiber by radiation-induced defects. The recombination of these defects can be strongly accelerated by the high temperature value. As backscattered Raman signal is weak it is important to test optical fibers under irradiation to observe how it gets attenuated. Different experiments are described in this conference paper: two in situ irradiation campaigns with different dose rates at, both ambient and high temperature. We observe that the tested off-the-shelf metallic coated fibers have a high attenuation under irradiation. We also noticed the fact that thermal annealing plays a massive role in the +300 °C temperature range.
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Pierre Lecomte, Sylvain Blairon, Didier Boldo, Frédéric Taillade, Matthieu Caussanel, Gwendal Beauvois, Hervé Duval, Stéphane Grieu, Guillaume Laffont, Frédéric Lainé, Frédéric Carrel, "High temperature measurements in irradiated environment using Raman fiber optics distributed temperature sensing", Proc. SPIE 9899, Optical Sensing and Detection IV, 98991C (29 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2219174; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2219174
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