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Fibre-embedded sensors for aerospace applications

XenICs and FOS&S have been contracted to by aircraft manufacturer Airbus to jointly develop novel ways to measure tension, compression and temperature in fibre-reinforced composite materials.

To solve this, XenICs and FOS&S have developed fibre-shaped embedded sensors that deliver real-time information on the health and performance of the structures during the strains of flight

XenICs already has some expertise in fibre optics, having released DynoSense 300, a versatile measurement system for fibre optic sensor signals that derives measurements from specific spectral shifts in the wavelength of applied infrared light. DynoSense combines a high scan rate and resolution with a broad wavelength range, which are all important requirements when detecting high-frequency mechanical vibrations.