Smart materials with Embedded Photonic Crystal Fibre Sensors.

Project Details


My PhD project attempts at creating advanced smart materials, i.e. at making materials that can respond in an effective manner to their environment. I will do so by following a multidisciplinary approach and more particularly by integrating a new class of sensors inside new types of materials. The two types of materials considered are first new bio-compatible polymer materials used in the field of healthcare (e.g. prosthetics and amputee sockets) and second composite materials used as structural materials in the field of aeronautics (e.g. airplane wings and fuselages). The sensors are made of a novel class of optical fibres, called photonic crystal fibres. The objective of my PhD research is to understand the internal mechanical behaviour of these new materials under mechanical load by bringing the strain sensitivity of those sensors one to two orders of magnitude above currently available systems. This will enable efficient multi-axis strain field mapping inside the materials and ultimately allow reliably predicting and detecting damage within those materials. This will be done through extensive thermomechanical modelling of the system consisting of the host material and embedded optical fibre sensors and through the verification of the models by dedicated experiments. The research involves strong international collaborations with and stays abroad at internationally recognized laboratories: CNRT-Materiaux/ENSICAEN (Caen, France), University Marie Curie-Sklodowska (Lublin, Poland) and lnstitut fur Photonische Technologien (Jena, Germany).
Effective start/end date1/10/1030/09/14


  • Holography
  • Non-Linear Optics
  • Photonics
  • Optival Instrumentation
  • Optical Computing
  • Semiconductor Technology
  • Optical Switches And Modulators
  • Optical Fibre Sensors
  • Optical Measurements
  • Optical Materials
  • Optical Interconnects
  • Vcsels
  • Optical Instrumentation
  • Micro-Optics
  • Opto-Electronic Devices
  • Plastic Photonics

Flemish discipline codes

  • Physical sciences
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Electrical and electronic engineering