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The Effects of Adhesive and Bonding Length on the Strain Transfer of Optical Fiber Sensors

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yuan Ze University, Tao-Yuan 320, Taiwan
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Chien-Hung Liu
Appl. Sci. 2016, 6(1), 13; https://doi.org/10.3390/app6010013
Received: 26 November 2015 / Revised: 28 December 2015 / Accepted: 29 December 2015 / Published: 11 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from the 2015 International Conference on Inventions)
Optical fiber sensors have been extensively adapted as structural health monitoring devices. Due to the existence of the adhesive layer, a portion of the strain is absorbed by the adhesive. As a result, the structural strain sensed by the optical fiber is underestimated and required to be corrected. An analytical solution is presented through which it is possible to establish the relationship between the strains in the host structure and the surface bonded optical fiber sensor. Experimental measurements based on the Mach–Zehnder interferometric technique were performed to validate the theoretical prediction and reveal the differential strains between the optical fiber strain sensor and test specimen. Parametric studies show that the percentage of the strain in the test specimen actually transferred to the optical fiber is dependent on the bonding length of the optical fiber and the adhesive. The strain transfer is increasing from 56% to 82% as the bonding length increases from 5 cm to 12 cm with the epoxy adhesive. The general trend of the strain transfer obtained from both experimental tests and theoretical predictions shows that the longer the bonding length and the stiffer the adhesive, the more strain is transferred to the optical fiber. View Full-Text
Keywords: optical fiber strain sensor; Mach–Zehnder interferometric; strain transfer; bonding length optical fiber strain sensor; Mach–Zehnder interferometric; strain transfer; bonding length
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Her, S.-C.; Huang, C.-Y. The Effects of Adhesive and Bonding Length on the Strain Transfer of Optical Fiber Sensors. Appl. Sci. 2016, 6, 13.

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