Abstract

Recent studies demonstrated the potential of increasing the Lamb wave detection sensitivity of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors by bonding the optical fiber away from the grating location, instead of the conventional method of bonding the FBG directly. The FBG located at a remote location further along the optical fiber collects the guided traveling wave in the optical fiber generated from the Lamb wave signal. This remote bonding method could potentially be extended to a series of multiplexed FBGs. However, previous experiments also detected coupling to guided traveling waves in both directions in the optical fiber, which could have significant effects on multiplexed signals. In this paper, we measure the coupled signal amplitudes in both forward and backward directions, when ultrasonic waves couple from a thin plate to an optical fiber and from an optical fiber to a thin plate. The forward- and backward-induced modes are measured in both the optical fiber and the plate. The same experiment is then performed for the case when ultrasonic signal is coupled from the optical fiber to the plate. In addition, two different types of bonding, cyanoacrylate adhesive and frictional bond, are explored to investigate how the signal conversion depends on the bonding method. The results demonstrate that the coupling of ultrasonic waves from a thin structure to an optical fiber and from an optical fiber to the structure is complex. The coupling does not only occur in the direction of the wave propagation, but can be coupled into both forward and backward modes, depending on the bonding configuration used.

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