Proof of Concept of Impact Detection in Composites Using Fiber Bragg Grating Arrays
Durana Apaolaza, Gaizka
Arrue Aramburu, Juan Antonio
Zubia Zaballa, Joseba Andoni
Aranguren Aramendia, Gerardo
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Sensors 13(9) : 11998-12011 (2013)
Impact detection in aeronautical structures allows predicting their future reliability and performance. An impact can produce microscopic fissures that could evolve into fractures or even the total collapse of the structure, so it is important to know the location and severity of each impact. For this purpose, optical fibers with Bragg gratings are used to analyze each impact and the vibrations generated by them. In this paper it is proven that optical fibers with Bragg gratings can be used to detect impacts, and also that a high-frequency interrogator is necessary to collect valuable information about the impacts. The use of two interrogators constitutes the main novelty of this paper.