A spatial/wavelength-division multiplexing topology with combination of a tunable-wavelength filter and an interferometric wavelength scanner is used to interrogate a range of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors embedded in modern composite materials. A nine-element FBG sensor system based on this topology is demonstrated for quasi-static strain sensing of a carbon fiber reinforced plastic plate for aerospace applications. Preliminary experimental results show that a strain resolution of ~1.8µ∊ rms with an ~30-Hz bandwidth (~0.32µ∊/√Hz) for quasi-static strain measurement has been achieved.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Y. J. Rao, D. A. Jackson, L. Zhang, and I. Bennion, "Strain sensing of modern composite materials with a spatial/wavelength-division multiplexed fiber grating network," Opt. Lett. 21, 683-685 (1996)