A versatile all fiber grating sensor network based on ultra-weak fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) was firstly proposed and demonstrated. On-line writing identically weak fiber Bragg grating array by the phase mask technique was developed. The sensing network is interrogated with time- and wavelength-division multiplexing method. The proposed ultra-weak FBG system was very promising for the large-scale sensing network.
Optical fiber hydrogen sensing system based on weak fiber Bragg grating (WFBG) array deposited with palladium (Pd) film is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. For multi-point measurement, three hydrogen WFBG sensors array are weld in a single optical fiber. A time-division multiplexing (TDM) interrogation system is employed to demodulate the sensing array. Sensing experiments to different hydrogen concentrations ranging from 0 to 3.6% are conducted, and the results show good agreement with standard FBG technology. Due to its strong multiplexing capability of weak FBG, the system is possible to integrate thousands of WFBG hydrogen sensors in a single optical fiber.