A micro-computed tomography technique to study the quality of fibre optics embedded in composite materials

Gabriele Chiesura, G. Luyckx, E. Voet, Nicolas Lammens, Wim Van Paepegem, Joris Degrieck, Manuel Dierick, Luc Van Hoorebeke, Pieter Vanderniepen, Sanne Sulejmani, Camille Sonnenfeld, Thomas Geernaert, Francis Berghmans

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Abstract

Quality of embedment of optical fibre sensors in carbon fibre-reinforced polymers plays an important role in the resultant properties of the composite, as well as for the correct monitoring of the structure. Therefore, availability of a tool able to check the optical fibre sensor-composite interaction becomes essential. High-resolution 3D X-ray Micro-Computed Tomography, or Micro-CT, is a relatively new non-destructive inspection technique which enables investigations of the internal structure of a sample without actually compromising its integrity. In this work the feasibility of inspecting the position, the orientation and, more generally, the quality of the embedment of an optical fibre sensor in a carbon fibre reinforced laminate at unit cell level have been proven.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10852-10871
JournalSensors
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Keywords

  • IMPACT DAMAGE
  • SENSORS
  • MICROTOMOGRAPHY

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