Automotive OEMs and suppliers rely on Luna automotive measurement solutions to develop, validate and manufacture the technologies that will drive a new era of mobility and sustainability.
As the automotive industry transitions to electrical drivetrains and advanced lightweight materials, new approaches to test and manufacturing are needed to deliver new technologies to the market that are safe, reliable and competitive.
Luna’s ODiSI high-definition distributed sensing system is a new and valuable tool for the integration of new lightweight materials and electrical powertrains. Low-profile, flexible fiber optic sensors can be applied to challenging geometries, deliver complete data maps, and are immune to the interference and hazards associated with instrumenting electrical power components.
When very precise density or thickness measurement is required, whether for quality control or for process monitoring, Luna’s T-Gauge terahertz imaging is able to provide data and a level of accuracy not available with legacy NDT technologies.
Explore Key Solutions below for examples of how the ODiSI fiber optic sensing system and the T-Gauge gauging and imaging system are delivering critical measurement capabilities for the automotive industry.
Lightweighting and New Materials
Reducing the weight of the automotive frame is key to lightweighting. Weight reduction can be achieved by adopting new design methods, using advanced lightweight materials or employing a hybrid approach. New materials will also mean new methods to join assemblies and a greater use of adhesives. Fiber optic sensors are small and lightweight enough to embed within a composite structure, providing access to valuable data while reducing time to first measurement.
Batteries and Electric Vehicles
High definition fiber optic sensors are a valuable tool for testing and monitoring batteries and electrical powertrain components. Fiber optic ensors are electrically passive, corrosion resistant and immune to EMI, allowing them to make measurements within a battery pack or an individual cell without risking a short circuit or picking up noise from electronics. The temperatures of all battery cells can be monitored during recharge or discharge to quickly look for damaged or faulty cells that need to be replaced.
Tire Thickness Monitoring
The manufacture of safe, high-performance tires requires precise control of the balance and thickness of each body ply, innerliner and tread component. It is necessary to control the total thickness and top/bottom gum balance. Until recently, only wire cord calenders could be controlled, and only by using a combination of multiple nucleonic and/or x-ray sensors and a two-sided precision O-frame. With terahertz sensors, it is now possible to use one single-sided sensor on textile, or a dual channel sensor on an array of textile, wire and innerliner products for total thickness, balance and lamination defects.
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From Our Blog
TeraMetrix Demonstrates Simultaneous Measurement of Online Tire Ply Thickness and Cord Balance at Tire Tech 2019
How to Capture High-Definition Temperature and Strain Measurements
This live, in-person seminar in Farmington Hills, MI will provide an up-close overview of fiber optic sensing solutions for design validation, testing and manufacturing. Live demos and technology tutorials highlight this seminar with application examples in battery testing, structural testing for lightweight materials, and condition monitoring. Register today!
An Introduction to High-Definition Fiber Optic Sensing
With the ever-growing demand for intelligent and autonomous systems, fiber optic sensing is becoming more essential as a test and measurement tool. High-definition fiber optic sensing (HD-FOS) in particular is a powerful measurement technology that is disrupting how many engineers measure strain and temperature. This webinar will provide you with a firm grasp of how HD-FOS works and how you can put it to use in your research, development or manufacturing processes.
Using Luna's ODiSI Fiber Optic System to Monitor Roadway and Structure Repairs
With increasing deterioration of civil infrastructure around the world, rapid setting epoxy concrete resins offer an attractive emerging technology for maintaining roadways, bridges, and commercial buildings. Luna's high-definition fiber optic monitoring is enabling key measurements for physical attributes such as strain and temperature to quantify fatigue life characterization.
In-Situ Temperature Monitoring for Better Thermoplastic Welding
Reliable bonding and joining of thermoplastic materials is a challenging and critical requirement. New in-situ monitoring technologies, based on high-definition distributed fiber optic sensors, are being used to provide real-time data for improved closed-loop control for induction welders.
Luna Terahertz Sensors and Gauges Provide Blow Molding and Other Process Control Insights
Luna’s Terahertz (THz) measurement solutions were featured in the March 2021 issue of the Journal of Blow Molding, a publication focused on the manufacturing process for forming and joining together hollow plastic parts such as used in forming bottles or other hollow shapes and containers.
See What You’ve Been Missing with HD Fiber Optic Sensing
High-definition fiber optic sensing (HD-FOS) delivers new cutting-edge measurement capabilities and data not available with other technologies. This webinar will provide an overview of how HD-FOS works, where it can be applied, and how Luna’s ODiSI system can provide unprecedented data and insight.
Terahertz Gauges Provide High Precision Measurements for Industrial Applications
This webinar describes how Luna's terahertz-based systems deliver real-time process measurements of multi-layer thickness and density that help manufacturers save raw materials and improve quality control.
Luna Innovations Supplies Critical Laser Component for NASA's Navigation Doppler LiDAR
Luna announced that it has successfully designed, qualified, and built the RIO® narrow-linewidth semiconductor laser to be used in NASA's Navigation Doppler LiDAR system to safely land the next man and first woman on the moon in 2024.
Luna Introduces Only High-Definition Distributed Temperature Measurement System with Strain Compensation
Luna has optimized its ODiSI 6000 interrogator family and new sensor to drive next-level temperature profiling.
ODiSI Continues to Expand and Improve with Latest Software Updates
The recent release of Version 2.3.0 of the ODiSI application software continues the ongoing improvements in performance and functionality of the ODiSI high-definition distributed fiber optic sensing platform.
Terahertz Thickness Measurements = Sustainability
In celebration of Earth Day this month, Luna is recognizing our Terahertz sensors and solutions including Luna’s T-Ray product.
Monitoring Cell Temperature to Optimize Battery Performance and Design
Join us for this webinar to learn how dielectrically insulated fiber optic sensors can be integrated into battery packs and assemblies to monitor for rapid increases in temperature at the level of individual cells as well as to monitor for increases in strain consistent with pack swelling.