Development of a fiber optic torque sensor and a single channel, high precision optical strain measurement platform
thesisposted on 24.05.2021, 14:00 authored by Nicholas Burgwin
Fiber optic sensors based on Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) technology have been successfully adopted for sensor measurements for almost two decades. The advantages offered by FBG sensors, such as Electro-Magnetic Interference immunity and inherent intrinsic safety, provide motivation for the development of a commercial measurement platform. With the development of an FBG Fabry-Perot cavity, a sensor with sub-picometer spectral width allows for a factor of 1000 times improvement in strain measurement. This thesis presents the development of a highly-accurate optical measurement platform based on the FBG Fabry-Perot cavity and Pound-Drever-Hall (PDH) laser locking technique that is demonstrated through the development of an optical torque sensor. With the fiber optic sensor designed as per the PDH requirements, the platform achieved a measurement accuracy of +/-0.015% of the full-scale torque value of 188N∙m. With the platform at ~$2,000, a successful demonstration of the platform and a fiber optic torque sensor is presented.