Process monitoring of fibre reinforced composites using optical fibre sensors

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The deployment of optical fibre based sensor systems for process monitoring of advanced fibre reinforced organic matrix composites is reviewed. The focus is on thermosetting resins and the various optical and spectroscopy-based techniques that can be used to monitor the processing of these materials. Following brief consideration of the manufacturing methods commonly used in the production of thermoset based composites, a discussion is presented on sensor systems that can be used to facilitate real-time chemical process monitoring. Although the focus is on thermosets, the techniques described can be adapted for chemical monitoring of organic species in general.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-106
Number of pages42
JournalInternational Materials Reviews
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2006