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3D printed long period gratings and their applications as high sensitivity shear-strain and torsion sensors

Oliveira, R. ; Nogueira, R.N. ; Bilro, L.

Optics Express Vol. 29, Nº 12, pp. 17795 - 17795, May, 2021.

ISSN (print): 1094-4087
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Scimago Journal Ranking: 1,23 (in 2021)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1364/OE.427387

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In this work we demonstrate the capability to measure shear-strain and torsion loads by bonding an optical fiber to a 3D printed periodic grooved plate. The device acts as a long period grating where the resonances show loss tunability ranging from ∼0 up to ∼20 dB, achieving sensitivities values for the dip transmission ratio as function of the load of 0.12 /mε and 0.21/deg, for shear-strain and torsion loads ranging from 0–∼8 mε and 1–∼4 deg, respectively. The low wavelength drift allowed us to operate the sensor through intensity demodulation techniques, showing good tracking performance of external stimuli.