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VIDEO: Team USA Launches AC45 Boat for 35th America’s Cup Using Micron Optics’ Latest Instrument – si255

October 27th, 2015|

Congratulations to Team USA who successfully launched their new AC45 boat for the 35th Americas Cup campaign in Bermuda.  Micron Optics was there in the weeks before supporting them with our latest instrumentation and sensors.  This optical monitoring system allows real time health and performance monitoring of the boat.  The video, besides being really cool, demonstrates their success! Watch the video below to check it out:   Subscribe To Blog | Blog Home Page

Visit Micron Optics at WindPower 2015

October 27th, 2015|

Next week Micron Optics will be exhibiting at the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) WindPower 2015, one of the world’s most influential gatherings of the wind energy industry. Micron Optics will be highlighting a suite of new products including our newest instrument, the si155 and three new strain sensors for composites, steel and concrete and a new accelerometer.  Stop by booth #1933 (located in the 1700 aisle) to see a live demo. WindPower 2015 will [...]

Dynamic Structural Health Monitoring of Slender Structures Using Optical Sensors

October 27th, 2015|

In the past decade, we have seen a significant effort in the development of optical sensor-related technologies for use in structural health monitoring (SHM) of complex structures, such as tall buildings, bridges and dams. Recently, a research group from the Instituto de Telecomunicacoes and the University of Aveiro proposed a new and innovative SHM method using a biaxial optical sensor based on fiber Bragg grating (FBG) technology to monitor the acceleration of large and complex [...]

Intrusion Detection System for Protection of Railway Assets Using FBG Technology

October 27th, 2015|

An ever-increasing demand for improved security, especially within the transport sector, has led to a significant amount of worldwide research on intrusion detection sensing systems. Specifically, intrusion sensing systems for railway environments have been proposed in order to protect railway tunnels, level crossings and train depots from theft and vandalism, which would lead to significant cost savings. One study in particular led by Angelo Catalano and et al. from the Optoelectronic Division-Department of Engineering at [...]

Dynamic Tests of Small-Scale Dam Models Using FBG Strain Sensors

October 27th, 2015|

Typically resistive strain gauges are used to measure the strain of a model dam structure during a shake table test. However, this method often encounters limitations because it is difficult to test the deformation of a small-scale dam model when it is constructed from a low strength material. In an effort to improve the measurement of strain during a shake table test for a model dam, Shuli Fan and et al. from Dalian University of [...]

Stress Monitoring for Anchor Rods in Subway Tunnel Using FBG Technology

October 19th, 2015|

Structural health monitoring is an integral part of civil engineering and is also used frequently as a diagnostic tool to detect or infer the presence of defects and determine when maintenance operations are needed. Some common techniques used today to assess the health of civil structures include ultrasonic scanning, transient pulse and infrared thermography and ground radar. However, these techniques have limitations in that they are not suitable for real-time, in situ assessment of structures. [...]