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Title: Composite material process monitoring using optical fibre grating sensors
Author: Buggy, Stephen J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2670 0945
Awarding Body: Cranfield University
Current Institution: Cranfield University
Date of Award: 2008
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In this thesis a long period grating (LPG) based sensor is investigated as a possible alternative to current process monitoring sensors used in the manufacture of composites to monitor cure. An LPG is demonstrated as a means of monitoring the cure of a UVcured epoxy resin. The wavelength shift of the attenuation bands were measured during the cure of the resin and compared with measurements made using a fibre optic Fresnel based refractometer. The results showed a good correlation (6 x 10 -3 rius) and illustrate the potential of the techniques for non-invasive composite material cure monitoring. Alternative fibre grating methods; a chirped LPG sensor, an in-fire Mach-Zehnder interferometer and a tilted fibre Bragg grating sensor, are also presented to demonstrate the versatility of grating based sensors for flow, high sensitivity refractive index and multi-parameter sensing, respectively. Demonstrations of LPG sensors in industrial applications are also presented and highlight the technical issues of integrating such devices in composite components and composite manufacturing processes.
Supervisor: Tatam, Ralph P. ; James, Stephen W. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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