Evaluation of glued-diaphragm fibre optic pressure sensors in a shock tube

Sharifian, S. Ahmad and Buttsworth, David R. (2007) Evaluation of glued-diaphragm fibre optic pressure sensors in a shock tube. Shock Waves, 16 (3). pp. 189-197. ISSN 0938-1287


Glued-diaphragm fibre optic pressure sensors that utilize standard telecommunications components which are based on Fabry–Perot interferometry are appealing in a number of respects. Principally, they have high spatial and temporal resolution and are low in cost. These features potentially make them well suited to operation in extreme environments produced in shortduration high-enthalpy wind tunnel facilities where spatial and temporal resolution are essential, but attrition rates for sensors are typically very high. The sensors we consider utilize a zirconia ferrule substrate and a thin copper foil which are bonded together using an adhesive. The sensors show a fast response and can measure fluctuations with a frequency up to 250 kHz. The sensors also have a high spatial resolution on the order of 0.1 mm. However,with the interrogation and calibration processes adopted in this work, apparent errors of up to 30% of the maximum pressure have been observed. Such errors are primarily caused by mechanical hysteresis and adhesive viscoelasticity. If a dynamic calibration is adopted, themaximummeasurement error can be limited to about 10% of the maximum pressure. However, a better approach is to eliminate the adhesive from the construction process or design the diaphragm and substrate in a way that does not require the adhesive to
carry a significant fraction of the mechanical loading.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting paper from Author. Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Copyright 2007 Springer Verlag. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2008 23:54
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 23:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: pressure transducer; fibre optic; shock tube
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099902 Engineering Instrumentation
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090605 Photodetectors, Optical Sensors and Solar Cells
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029904 Synchrotrons; Accelerators; Instruments and Techniques
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s00193-006-0062-x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3920

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