TRIPOD: Training and Research Involving Polymer Optical Devices (RTD) Projects uri icon


  • European Research Project


  • PITN-GA-2013-608382

date/time interval

  • October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2017


  • The project is located in the field of optical fibre sensors - an area where Europe has developed internationally competitive
    research and commercial activity. The aim is to significantly extend the range of application of optical fibre grating sensors by
    developing a mature version of the technology in polymer optical fibres and thereby increase European competitiveness.
    Polymer fibres offer some key advantages over silica, the two most important perhaps being the ability to sense much higher
    strains and the considerably reduced stiffness of the plastic compared to the glass fibre. Polymers are however complex
    materials and the properties of a sensor in this material are dependent on all stages of the sensor fabrication process, from
    initial preform production, through fibre drawing to grating fabrication.
    In TRIPOD we have brought together an interdisciplinary scientific team with expertise covering all aspects of the sensor
    fabrication path to enable us to obtain a full understanding of the process, with the aim of enabling us to produce optimised
    grating sensors, efficiently, repeatably and reliably. Integral to the programme are end-user companies who will provide
    direction on sensor development and training to the researchers on business issues, as well as familiarising themselves with
    the new technology, enabling them to expand their business models. In addition, we include technology innovators to open up
    further applications and potential markets.


  • polymer optical fiber; bragg grating; sensor