Embedded Active Fiber Optic Sensing Network for Structural Health Monitoring in Harsh Environments Email Page
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Performer:  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Location:  Blacksburg, Virginia
Project Duration:  10/01/2011 – 09/30/2016 Award Number:  FE0007405
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies Total Award Value:  $1,479,283
Key Technology:  Sensors & Controls DOE Share:  $1,178,974
Performer Share:  $300,308

Simulated first order (top) and second order<br/>(bottom) echos of a short acoustic pulse on a<br/>small crack in the middle of a metal plate. The<br/>crack positions are marked by the red arrows.
Simulated first order (top) and second order
(bottom) echos of a short acoustic pulse on a
small crack in the middle of a metal plate. The
crack positions are marked by the red arrows.

Project Description

Virginia Tech will develop a first-of-a-kind technology for remote fiber optic generation and detection of acoustic waves for structural health monitoring. The technology requires no electric power supply at the monitoring site and the detected acoustic signature as well as the additional returned optical signal allow extraction of information about multiple material conditions including temperature, strain, corrosion, and cracking.

Project Benefits

This project will develop an embedded, remotely controlled/monitored quasi-distributed sensing network for non-destructive evaluation of advanced fossil power systems. This fiber optic system will have unprecedented capability for structural health monitoring in advanced power systems, which will provide effective remote real-time assessment of critical material operating conditions for safe and reliable operation. The expected impact of this technology is lower-operating costs, higher availability and efficiency, and lower emissions.

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Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Maria Reidpath: maria.reidpath@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager Robert Romanosky: robert.romanosky@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator Anbo Wang: Awang@vt.edu