A New Class of Distributed Sensors

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A. Baz, S. Poh

Mechanical Engineering Department, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064

J. Vib. Acoust 119(4), 582-589 (Oct 01, 1997) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2889765 History: Received December 01, 1994; Online February 26, 2008


A new class of distributed sensors is presented which can measure both the linear and angular deflections of composite beams. The sensor relies in its operation on a set of wires which are embedded off the neutral axes of the composite beams. The wires are arranged in a special manner which allows continuous monitoring of the deflection curve of the beam. The output signals of the wires are processed to determine the linear and angular displacements at critical discrete points along the beam axis. The theoretical and experimental performance of the sensor is presented in both the time and frequency domains. Comparisons are given between the experimental performance of the distributed sensor and that of conventional laser sensors in order to demonstrate the accuracy and merits of the distributed sensor. The results obtained suggest the potential of this new class of sensors as a viable means for monitoring the static and dynamic deflections of flexible composite SMART beams and plates.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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