Sensing and monitoring article

Fibre Optics aren’t just used in communications, they’re also being used increasingly for sensing and monitoring in harsh environments. Sensing and monitoring can be used to identify and measure; or to enable businesses to identify any issues or maintenance problems, ultimately saving time and money on repairs and issue management. Just some of these practical […]

Fibre Optics aren’t just used in communications, they’re also being used increasingly for sensing and monitoring in harsh environments.

Sensing and monitoring can be used to identify and measure; or to enable businesses to identify any issues or maintenance problems, ultimately saving time and money on repairs and issue management.

Just some of these practical uses are listed below;

 

Acoustic Sensing

From oil & gas pipelines to railway tracks, military bases and international borders, this system deploys fibre optics underground and uses sharp pulses of laser light, usually of a narrow band and low phase noise, to feedback data.

 

Temperature Sensing

Systems can detect changes in temperature of less than 0.01°C and pinpoint the location of a thermal event to within one metre, perfect for maintaining calibrations and monitoring temperature-sensitive processes, such as in drilling and mining, and the oil and gas industry.

 

Strain & Pressure Sensing

A distributed strain system can accurately locate ground movements near pipelines with a resolution of 20 microstrain. Strain sensing is also used to monitor underground tunnels or in cities to monitor local structures while major close-by excavations might be undertaken.

 

Intruder Detection

A fibre can be embedded into a fence, pipeline or trench and linked to a system which can detect and identify locations of disturbances. Armoured assemblies can be used to protect these systems in harsh environments, extending the life of such applications.

 

Alker Fibre Optic Specialists specialise in extending the life of fibre optic assemblies through armouring, providing innovative solutions to modern problems in communications and connectivity as well as sending and monitoring. We love to work with a range of industries with unique challenges that require unique solutions. Could you provide our next challenge?

Find out more and get in touch today at www.alker.co.uk

 

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