Dynamic fiber Bragg grating strain sensor using a wavelength-locked tunable fiber ring laser

Yinian Zhu*, Sridhar Krishnaswamy

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The interrogation systems based on fiber-optic sensors are very attractive for the practical applications in structural health monitoring owing to a number of advantages of optical fiber elements over their electronic counterparts. Among the fiber-optic sensors, the fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) have their own unique features to be widely used for detection of acoustic emission. We have developed a dynamic strain sensing system by using a tunable single longitudinal mode Erbium-doped fiber ring laser to be locked to the middle-reflection wavelength of the FBG as the demodulation technique. A proportional-integral- derivative device continuously controls the laser wavelength that is kept at the FBG middle-reflection wavelength, thus stabilizing the operating point against quasi-static perturbation, while the high frequency dynamic strain shifts the FBG reflection profile. The reflected power varies in proportion to the applied strain which can be derived directly from AC photocurrent of the reflected signal. We have designed and assembled a fourchannel demodulator system for simultaneous high frequency dynamic strain sensing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHealth Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2012
Volume8348
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 6 2012
EventHealth Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 12 2012Mar 15 2012

Other

OtherHealth Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period3/12/123/15/12

Keywords

  • Acoustic emission
  • Dynamic strain
  • Fiber Bragg gratings
  • Fiber-optic sensors
  • Tunable fiber ring laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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