A long-period grating (LPG) was written into a progressive three-layered single-mode fiber that was embedded into a flexible platform as a curvature sensor. The spectral location and profile of the LPGs were unaltered after implantation in the platform. The curvature sensitivity was 3.747 nm m with a resolution of +/-1.1 x 10(-2) m(-1). The bend sensor is intended to be part of a respiratory monitoring system and was tested on a resuscitation training manikin.
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