Abstract

We propose and experimentally demonstrate a method for the detection of steel material defects utilizing a fiber Bragg grating sensor. The considered defects are periodic grooves along the length of the tested steel profile. Direct measurement of the spectral reflectance characteristics of the fiber is performed, and the related inverse problem of indirect defect shape determination is solved. It has been demonstrated that the defect periodicity estimation is 2.5 mm, with an error of less than 0.1. Furthermore, it has been shown that for periodic intervals of the order of 5 mm, the difference between the strain amplitude calculated using our method and the amplitude obtained via the finite element method was 1.4 mϵ.

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