Fiber-optic Sensing System for Distributed Detection and Localization of Alarm Conditions
An optical fiber sensor system comprising of an optical fiber including plurality of sensitive elements, each sensitive element has characteristic spectral band which in normal undisturbed condition lies in a first wavelength range and, under an influence of some specified condition to be detected, shifts to a second wavelength range; first and second wavelength ranges do not overlap. Means for probing an optical transmission or reflection of the fiber operate within second wavelength range to monitor the changes of the transparency or reflectivity of the fiber caused by the shift of characteristic spectral band into the second wavelength range.The invention provides means for distributed monitoring of equipment or construction structures and detection of specified conditions and can provide alarm signal when the specified conditions become effective.
US 6,876,786 issued 2002-10-02 [MORE INFO
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