The global megatrends of climate change, urbanization and resource scarcity are creating unprecedented societal challenges that will only be overcome through new innovative technologies in infrastructure and industry.  High definition fiber optic sensing (HD-FOS) is a revolutionary technology that will help pave the way for innovation in the civil and industrial markets.  The spectrum of applications for high definition fiber optic sensing is broad and captures all of the core value propositions including, high density data, electrical and corrosion resistance and the ability to be embedded within structures.

Concrete Structures

ThinkstockPhotos-497178264Concrete is just another composite

Concrete structures share many of the same attributes as composites and for large civil structures HD-FOS can be equally valuable.  With its ability to be embedded or bonded to the surface of structures under load, the high density data can pinpoint the exact moment of a crack’s initiation long before it becomes visible to the eye. 

 

 

Chemical Processing

Photo credit: Luigi Chiesa
Photo credit: Luigi Chiesa

Optimizing a new process

Building full scale processing plants for refining or processing chemicals is an expensive and risky endeavor. Processes must be fully optimized before ground is broken and investments are made.  HD-FOS temperature sensing is the ideal solution for measuring the temperature gradients and phase changes within the many heat exchangers and reactors used in chemical processing.  Fiber sensors are also corrosion proof and induce no source of ignition.

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation

Train_servicedepotAn indispensable tool for breakthrough technology

Developing high performance machines requires high performance development tools and in the twenty first century HD-FOS will be in the tool box for any engineer working on the frontier of design.  Like many applications in transportation, high speed rail benefits from the full range of HD-FOS capabilities, from measuring strain on lightweight materials to measuring temperature on inverters and batteries.

 

Structural Health Monitoring

Plastic pipe

Building composites with intelligent fibers

Composite materials are being used across industries including piping and beams for the construction industry.  A fiber sensor at only 150 microns in diameter can be embedded in composite pipes, beams and tanks during their fabrication and can be used to measure strain over the service life the component.