A fiber optic, Fabry-Perot strain gauge calibrator

Abdeq M. Abdi, Alan R. Kost

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In this paper, we describe a compact, non-destructive calibration setup using a fiber optic Fabry-Perot interferometric (FOFPI) displacement sensor and a circular, mono-morphic piezoelectric plate actuator. The piezoelectric actuator strains the sensor under calibration, and the FOFPI measures the resulting displacement and strain. Using a linear fitting equation that relates the fractional change in sensor output and the measured strain, the strain gauge factor (SGF) is determined. For demonstration purposes, the setup is used to determine the strain gauge factor of a resistive strain gauge (RSG). The measured SGF of the RSG was found to be within 2% of the manufacturer's stated value.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1931-1935
Number of pages5
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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