The application of optical fibre Bragg grating sensors to an internal wind tunnel balance

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. A.J. van Wyk; Prof. A. Nurick en_US
dc.contributor.author Pieterse, Frederik Francois
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-04T06:39:22Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-04T06:39:22Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06-04
dc.date.submitted 2011-05-31
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4756
dc.description D. Phil. en_US
dc.description.abstract Conventional internal wind tunnel balances are designed and constructed to accommodate foil strain gauges which measure the deformation (strain) of the material. Foil strain gauge balances are known to be affected by electromagnetic interference and temperature. These balances are expensive and their manufacture is time consuming. With an increasing demand for higher accuracy, stiffness, increased resolution and temperature compensation, current balance designs are becoming inadequate. To overcome identified balance deficiencies a research programme in the application of optical Bragg gratings to wind tunnel balances was initiated. In this programme a new concept of using optical fibre Bragg grating sensors, with the advantage of using mechanical amplification to increase sensitivity, and the implementation of temperature compensation techniques was demonstrated on a simulated two component balance. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Bragg grating sensors en_US
dc.subject Wind tunnel balance en_US
dc.subject Optical fibre en_US
dc.title The application of optical fibre Bragg grating sensors to an internal wind tunnel balance en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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