Sensing and Non-Destructive Testing

Lightweighting and Advanced Materials



Lightweighting is a major trend in many industries and especially in the automotive and aerospace industries. Lightweighting involves new designs and the adoption of lighter, advanced materials such as composites. The design, manufacturing, certification and maintenance of these new materials and structures introduces many new measurement requirements and challenges, which fiber optic sensors are uniquely suited to address.

Model Validation

Finite element modeling and analysis (FEM/FEA) is widely used in the design of structural components and systems. Since FEA models include assumptions and simplifications, access to experimental data is critical to verify and adjust the model to assure a higher level of accuracy.
FEA model

Improving Material Bonding and Joining Quality

The trend towards lightweighting and increased usage of composite materials presents new challenges in bonding and joining technologies. Traditional joining methods, such as riveting and screwing, introduce damage to the composite structure and generally are not preferred. Therefore, joining methods such as bonding with adhesives and welding that doesn’t damage the laminate are being refined and becoming popular.
Thermoplastic weld temperature

Embedded Sensors for Smart Parts

Fiber optic sensors are ideal for creating “Smart Parts,” components with embedded sensors able to detect and report the physical state of the material and component. Embedded strain sensors have been shown to be very effective in detecting and locating material structural damage, which is often not visible with composite materials.
COPV sensor data