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Temperature-Insensitive Fiber Bragg Grating Based Tilt Sensor With Large Dynamic Range

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5 Author(s)
Au, H.Y. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Hong Kong Polytech. Univ., Kowloon, China ; Khijwania, S.K. ; Fu, H.Y. ; Chung, W.H.
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We present a novel and simple temperature-insensitive fiber Bragg grating (FBG) based smart tilt sensor. The sensor design is free from any inherent mechanical joints/frictions with a capability to measure magnitude as well as the direction of the inclination. The first design is with a sensitivity of 0.00282 nm/° in a very large dynamic range of ± 35°. The sensor response is optimized against design parameters and observed to be completely reversible. Since there is a strain discrepancy on individual FBGs of the first design, a modified design is then proposed for optimization. An excellent sensitivity of 0.0395 nm/° , resolution of 0.013° and accuracy of 0.051° have been achieved. These features along with the freedom to tune the dynamic range, accuracy of measurement and the sensitivity of the proposed sensor to a desired operation range make the proposed sensor of extreme importance for practical engineering applications.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:29 ,  Issue: 11 )