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In this paper, we propose the multipoint optical intensity-based measurement of tandem connected intrinsic fiber-optic sensors by means of monitoring time-differentiation in optical loss. The use of hetero-core sensors can make it possible that a simple optical intensity-based measurement combined with a time-differentiation method could be facilitated for the multipoint measurement because the hetero-core technique has a low insertion loss and a sizable loss change in the tandem usage. Addressing multi-sensors has been successfully demonstrated including one displacement sensor and two contact sensors, which are located along a single transmission line in real-time basis. The gait system is also efficiently improved to monitor the knee flexure and the sole contact sensors located in a single transmission line with a mirror at the terminal end of fiber in order to simplify the measurement system for unconstrained monitoring.
Date of Publication: July 2008