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LPG based all plastic pressure sensor

  • Bundalo, Ivan-Lazar
  • Lwin, R.
  • Leon-Saval, S.
  • Argyros, A.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2015
Online Research Database In Technology
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A prototype all-plastic pressure sensor is presented and characterized for potential use as an endoscope. The sensor is based on Long Period Gratings (LPG) inscribed with a CO2 laser in 6-ring microstructured PMMA fiber. Through a latex coated, plastic 3D-printed transducer pod, external pressure is converted to longitudinal elongation of the pod and therefore of the fiber containing the LPG. The sensor has been characterised for pressures of up to 160 mBar in an in-house built pressure chamber. Furthermore, the influence of the fiber prestrain, fiber thickness and the effect of different glues on the sensors' responsivity have been investigated in an attempt to optimize parameters. The prototype sensor LPG peak showed a sensitivity of up to 10 pm/mBar, but our analysis shows that this can be increased significantly with further optimization.

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