Improved temperature compensation of fiber Bragg grating-based sensors applied to structures under different loading conditions

Hua Ping Wang, Jian Guo Dai, Xing Zhe Wang

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Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) based sensors have been extensively used to monitor the deformation of structures (i.e., aircrafts, ocean platforms, bridges, tunnels, pavements and high-speed railways), for the advantages of absolute measurement, anti-electromagnetic interference, high precision, multiplexing and integration of sensing network over other sensors. However, due to the temperature-sensitive characteristics of FBG, temperature compensation should be considered to remove the thermal effect, so as to accurately reflect the strain information of the monitored structure. Traditional temperature-compensation method ignores the influence of the interfacial interaction between the structure and the bonded FBG on the measured data, which may lead to the compensated value smaller than the actual value. For this reason, modified temperature-compensation function with the influence of interfacial action considered is proposed to enhance the measurement accuracy of FBG based sensors. Laboratory tests on two kinds of samples under temperature loading have been conducted to validate the effectiveness of the proposed function. Improved temperature-compensation measures for FBG based sensors applied to structures under different loading conditions (i.e., high and low temperature, static and dynamic mechanical load) are discussed, with the temperature hysteresis of FBG sensing elements considered. The study in this paper presents a scientific instruction for the better interpretation of testing data measured by FBG sensors and the accurate use of FBG sensors for the temperature and strain detection of structures in engineering

Original languageEnglish
Article number102506
JournalOptical Fiber Technology
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • Data interpretation
  • FBG sensor
  • Interfacial interaction
  • Static and dynamic conditions
  • Temperature compensation
  • Thermal effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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