A Polymer Optical Fiber Fuel Level Sensor: Application to Paramotoring and Powered Paragliding Articles uri icon

publication date

  • May 2012

start page

  • 6186

end page

  • 6197

issue

  • 05

volume

  • 12

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 1424-8220

abstract

  • A low-cost intensity-based polymer optical fiber (POF) sensor for fuel level measurements in paramotoring and powered paragliding is presented, exploiting the advantages of the optical fiber sensing technology. Experimental results demonstrate that the best option can be performed by stripping the fiber at the desired discrete points to measure the fuel level as well as with a gauge-shape fiber bending. The prototype has a good linearity, better than 4% full scale (F.S.), and sensitivity around 0.5 V per bend are obtained. Hysteresis due to residual fluid at the sensing points is found to be less than 9% F.S.

keywords

  • fiber-optic sensor; intensity-based optical sensor; polymer optical fiber (pof).