Title page for ETD etd-04142009-040336

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Furness, Charles Zachary
URN etd-04142009-040336
Title Parameter identification of a flexible beam using a modal domain optical fiber sensor
Degree Master of Science
Department Electrical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lindner, Douglas K. Committee Chair
Bingular, Stanoje P. Committee Member
Smith, Suzanne Weaver Committee Member
  • Optical detectors
Date of Defense 1990-07-15
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An optical fiber sensor is used for identification of a cantilevered beam under conditions of various concentrated mass loadings. A model of the sensor as well as the dynamic system is developed and used to test the reliability of the identification. Input/output data from an experiment is gathered and used in the identification. A survey of the existing areas of damage detection and parameter identification is included, along with suggestions for incorporating fiber optic sensors into existing techniques. The goal of this research was to show that the fiber sensor can be used for identification purposes, and that it is sensitive to parameter changes within the system (in this case concentrated mass changes).

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