Optical fiber sensors (OFSs), which rely on evanescent wave sensing for the early detection of the diffusion of water and hydrochloric acid through glass fiber-reinforced polymers (GFRPs), have been developed and tested. Epoxy and GFRP specimens, in which these sensors were embedded, were subjected to tests in artificial sea water and hydrochloric acid. The sensors were able to detect the diffusion of chemicals through the epoxy and GFRP samples on the basis of a drop in the reflected signal from the tip of the optical sensor probe. Water and hydrochloric acid diffusion coefficients were calculated from gravimetric measurements and compared with the experimental response of the OFSs. Furthermore, mechanical tests were carried out to assess the influence of the sensors on the structural integrity of the GFRP specimens.
|Titolo:||Optical fiber sensors for the detection of hydrochloric acid and sea water in epoxy and glass fiber-reinforced polymer composites|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.3390/ma12030379|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|