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European Project will Develop Embeddable Sensor System

22 October 2010

The Airborne Technology Centre is partner in the European FP7 funded project SmartFiber, in a consortium led by IMEC and with Ghent University, FBGS Technologies, Xenics, Fraunhofer and Optocap.

This consortium will develop a smart miniaturized system for continuous health monitoring of composites which integrates optical fiber sensor technology, nanophotonic chip technology and low-power wireless technology. The smart system will enable for the first time fully embedded structural health monitoring of composites used as structural parts in e.g. wind turbine blades, satellites, airplanes, civil constructions, oil and gas wells, boat hulls. Due to the innovative approach of integrating micro-technologies, SmartFiber will demonstrate a smart system so small (order mm's) that it can be embedded as a whole in the fiber reinforced polymer.






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