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In-sewer field-evaluation of an optical fibre-based condition monitoring system

Rente, B., Fabian, M., Chen, Y. , Vorreiter, L., Bustamante, H., Sun, T. & Grattan, K. T. V. (2020). In-sewer field-evaluation of an optical fibre-based condition monitoring system. IEEE Sensors Journal, 20(6), pp. 2976-2981. doi: 10.1109/jsen.2019.2956826


A Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) based monitoring system for continuous humidity and temperature measurement has been designed and evaluated experimentally in a sewer environment with high corrosion rates, humidity and the presence of gaseous hydrogen sulfide. The monitoring system has been designed specifically for field use, including packaging prepared for the harsh environment and the challenges of the operation. The system is battery powered and has hardware for controlling the interrogation equipment, power management, data logging and 4G connectivity. Results obtained show the long-term performance, over a 6-month period of non-stop monitoring of real-time data using the same probe. The data acquired was compared to the environmental data of temperature and precipitation for this period from the same location, which showed a good correlation between the expected and the measured data values. The data obtained point to the success of the optical fibre-based sensor system for monitoring in these harsh environments over long periods.

Publication Type: Article
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Publisher Keywords: Temperature sensors, Humidity, Fiber gratings, Temperature measurement, Monitoring
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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