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Development of Optical Fibre Humidity Sensors for Assessing the Quality of Housing Insulation Materials

Wang, Y., Sun, T., Fabian, M. , Grattan, K. T. V., Forman, T. & Mutschler, R. (2016). Development of Optical Fibre Humidity Sensors for Assessing the Quality of Housing Insulation Materials. Paper presented at the 2016 15th International Conference on Optical Communications and Networks (ICOCN), 24-27 Sep 2016, Hangzhou, China.


A fibre optic-based relative humidity (RH) sensing system has been developed for assessing the qualities of housing insulation materials, based on a Polyimide (PI)-coated Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) device. This forms the key moisture sensitive element, allowing a carefully-designed and packaged sensor system to be fabricated, evaluated and calibrated, creating the robustness and reusability needed. Following calibration, the system performance evaluated on a range of commercial housing insulation materials shows excellent performance in establishing the key moisture-transport parameters of the materials routinely used by structural engineers. Cross-sensitivity issues are addressed allowing the RH sensor system to operate over a wide range of RH level experienced normally in this application. A sensitivity of 1.1 pm/%RH, with low hysteresis from a ruggedized sensor, is observed.

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Publisher Keywords: Fibre Bragg Grating Sensing, Humidity Sensor, Housing Insulation Materials
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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