Bend-Direction and Rotation Plastic Optical Fiber Sensor

Sensors (Basel). 2020 Sep 21;20(18):5405. doi: 10.3390/s20185405.


A plastic filament of poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) was fabricated by extrusion. The mode confinement was simulated using numerical software. The idea is to study how the light intensity changes inside the plastic optical fiber (POF) when a bending in multiple directions is applied. The results obtained from the simulation were compared to the experimental observations. The non-circular shape of the POF allows sensing a rotation applied as well. The angle of rotation was obtained processing two images of the end facet of the fiber (one with the fiber in a reference position and one with the rotated fiber), using an intensity-based automatic image registration. The accuracy in the rotation calculation was of 0.01°.

Keywords: bending sensor; extruded optical fiber; optical fiber sensor; plastic optical fiber.

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