Aerospace Applications of Optical Fiber Mechanical Sensors

Craig Lopatin     Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel


Owing to their light weight, immunity to electromagnetic interference, ease of multiplexing, lack of drift, and high level of maturity, optical fiber sensors would seem to be ideal for aerospace applications. However, the aerospace industry has been slow in adopting this technology, and this review suggests many of the reasons for this. One possible factor is that optical fiber sensors are often developed with insufficient input from the end user community, such as experts in nondestructive testing, structural engineering, and business considerations of fleet managers. While it has been shown that optical ...

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