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Sensors 2016, 16(1), 99; doi:10.3390/s16010099

Overview of Fiber Optic Sensor Technologies for Strain/Temperature Sensing Applications in Composite Materials

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Photonics Research Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin 8, Ireland
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School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, University of Wollongong, New South Wales 2522, Australia
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Academic Editor: Vittorio M. N. Passaro
Received: 29 October 2015 / Revised: 8 January 2016 / Accepted: 10 January 2016 / Published: 15 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the different types of fiber optic sensors (FOS) that can be used with composite materials and also their compatibility with and suitability for embedding inside a composite material. An overview of the different types of FOS used for strain/temperature sensing in composite materials is presented. Recent trends, and future challenges for FOS technology for condition monitoring in smart composite materials are also discussed. This comprehensive review provides essential information for the smart materials industry in selecting of appropriate types of FOS in accordance with end-user requirements. View Full-Text
Keywords: fiber optic sensor; composite materials; strain/temperature sensing; smart materials; structural health monitoring fiber optic sensor; composite materials; strain/temperature sensing; smart materials; structural health monitoring
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Ramakrishnan, M.; Rajan, G.; Semenova, Y.; Farrell, G. Overview of Fiber Optic Sensor Technologies for Strain/Temperature Sensing Applications in Composite Materials. Sensors 2016, 16, 99.

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