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Micron Optics to Exhibit Alongside GHT Photonics and Ambher at SHMII in Torino, Italy

October 28th, 2015|

Next month Micron Optics will be exhibiting alongside its partners GHT Photonics and Ambher at the 7th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (SHMII). The conference will be held July 1st through the 3rd in Torino, Italy at the Politecnico Di Torino. At SHMII Micron Optics will be featuring its portfolio of industry-leading optical sensing products at booth #1 including its newest product, the si255 Optical Sensing Interrogator. Built upon the new HYPERION instrumentation platform, the [...]

Monitoring Self-Healing Composite Structures Using FBG Sensors

October 27th, 2015|

Composite materials, while strong and lightweight do not show visible signs of wear and tear like their metallic counterparts, which makes inspection of these material systems difficult. Therefore, with the use of composite materials becoming more prevalent, the importance of structural health monitoring (SHM) has increased. In recent years the use of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) technology in SHM has become more popular for its benefits over traditional methods. An example of FBG technology applied [...]

Tunnel Convergence Estimation Using FBG Technology

October 27th, 2015|

In 2014, a system composed of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors and a Micron Optics sm125 Optical Sensing Interrogator was installed by Kaisen to monitor the deformation profile of a tunnel during a geotechnical excavation sequence in South Korea. The goal of the installation was to monitor and detect any small dimensional changes to the shape of a tunnel running through a geological structure. These dimensional changes can be calculated from a series of strain [...]

Register Now for Micron Optics Partner Training in August

October 27th, 2015|

Register now to join us at Micron Optics’ headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on August 5-7  for our hands-on fiber-optic sensing and product training program. This exciting program is aimed at ensuring any user of our fiber optic sensing technology has the tools and resources needed to successfully deploy a fiber-optic sensing solution. The course is aimed specifically at our system integrators and channel partners, but is open to any parties or individuals interested in [...]

Damage Monitoring in Woven Composites Using FBG Sensors on Multiple Time Scales

October 27th, 2015|

As woven composite laminate structures become more prevalent in structural designs, the demand for methods to accurately determine the type and extent of damage in these structures increases. A study conducted by researchers from the Department of Mechanical Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University, improved damage identification by using fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors and a Micron Optics sm130 Optical Sensing Interrogator to measure a structure’s response over multiple time scales. In this study, [...]

Johns Hopkins University Follow Up Study: Force-Sensing Microneedle for Assisted Retinal Vein Cannulation

October 27th, 2015|

In a previous blog post from last fall, we discussed an article published by researchers at Johns Hopkins University describing a robotic system using fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors to assist with the delicate procedure of membrane peeling. Since then, the John Hopkins University researchers have published a follow-up to their study and have built a similar instrument to be used for another delicate surgery – retinal vein cannulation (RVC), which is a procedure [...]