The purpose of this document is to aid in sensor system selection for aerospace applications. It describes both generic and specific qualities of key fiber optic sensing technologies and the range of measurement tasks they are able to perform. This includes:
A critical and comprehensive comparison between specific optical sensor technologies, currently available, and corresponding non-optical sensing methods. This will assist aircraft component and subsystem designers to assess their suitability and potential for specific applications.
An appraisal of technology maturity levels and technology gaps.
Guidelines on the use and application of classes of fiber optic sensors are given including:
sensor and system compatibility (including fiber cable, connectors, interrogator, signal conditioning, network interface, and power requirements),
compatibility with aircraft systems,
standard forms of interrogation/interface,
proposed methods of standardization, and