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Title: Embedded Active Fiber Optic Sensing Network for Structural Health Monitoring in Harsh Environments

Abstract

This report summarizes technical progress on the program “Embedded Active Fiber Optic Sensing Network for Structural Health Monitoring in Harsh Environments” funded by the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology at Virginia Tech. The objective of this project is to develop a first-of-a-kind technology for remote fiber optic generation and detection of acoustic waves for structural health monitoring in harsh environments. During the project period, which is from April 1, 2013 to Septemeber 30, 2016, three different acoustic generation mechanisms were studied in detail for their applications in building a fiber optic acoustic generation unit (AGU), including laser induced plasma breakdown (LIP), Erbium-doped fiber laser absorption, and metal laser absorption. By comparing the performance of the AGUs designed based on these three mechanisms and analyzing the experimental results with simulations, the metal laser absorption method was selected to build a complete fiber optic structure health monitoring (FO-SHM) system for the proposed high temperature multi-parameter structure health monitoring application. Based on the simulation of elastic wave propagation and fiber Bragg grating acoustic pulse detection, an FO-SHM element together with a completed interrogation system were designed and built. This systemmore » was first tested on an aluminum piece in the low-temperature range and successfully demonstrated its capability of multi-parameter monitoring and multi-point sensing. In the later stages of the project, the research was focused on improving the surface attachment design and preparing the FO-SHM element for high temperature environment tests. After several upgrades to the surface attachment methods, the FO-SHM element was able to work reliably up to 600oC when attached to P91 pipes, which are the target material of this project. In the final stage of this project, this FO-SHM sensing system was tested in the simulated harsh environment for its multi-parameter monitoring performance and high-temperature survivability.« less

Authors:
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  1. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Morgantown Energy Technology Center (MET)
OSTI Identifier:
1406405
Report Number(s):
FE0007405
DOE Contract Number:
FE0007405
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS

Citation Formats

Wang, Anbo. Embedded Active Fiber Optic Sensing Network for Structural Health Monitoring in Harsh Environments. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.2172/1406405.
Wang, Anbo. Embedded Active Fiber Optic Sensing Network for Structural Health Monitoring in Harsh Environments. United States. doi:10.2172/1406405.
Wang, Anbo. Fri . "Embedded Active Fiber Optic Sensing Network for Structural Health Monitoring in Harsh Environments". United States. doi:10.2172/1406405. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1406405.
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year = {Fri Sep 30 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
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