Sensing applications demand fast, accurate, and dependable measurements. Many also require reliable operation in harsh environments, extended durability, or adherence to strict physical space limitations. Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) based sensors to monitor temperature, stress, displacement, acceleration, and other parameters handle these and other conditions and are now being widely used in many industries. Fiberguide Industries is collaborating with Micron Optics, a leader in Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) Interrogator systems, to develop fiber sensors and arrays to meet sensing applications in oil and gas, civil structures, aerospace, power, and other innovative industries.
For decades, electrical sensors have been the standard for measuring physical and mechanical changes. The need for long distance applications, the realities of harsh environments, and potential electromagnetic interference often render electrical sensors impractical.
Fiber optic sensing utilizes light rather than electricity, so users do not have to worry about electrical interference as it does not affect light transmission. In addition, remote monitoring is possible because light signals in optical fibers do not degrade over long distances. The small size of fiber optics allows for installation in tight spaces, and the fiber based sensors can be multiplexed, so many sensors of the same or different types can be placed on a single fiber strand.
Fiber based sensors offer an advantage to civil engineers who need to monitor buildings, bridges, and other structures, as well as to aerospace engineers monitoring aircraft and spacecraft. Mechanical engineers would benefit from monitoring mechanical assemblies, windmills, cars, trains, oil wells, and many other devices.
For more than three decades, Fiberguide Industries has been a reliable, long-term, strategic partner with OEM manufacturers in providing efficient, cost-effective, practical fiber optic solutions engineered to meet specific needs. Fiberguide specializes in manufacturing large core specialty optical fiber and high temperature metalized optical fiber, and packages these fibers in a variety of assemblies/bundles used for optical power delivery and optical sensing applications.
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Author: Kevin Rauscher