Experimental modal analysis of an aircraft model wing by embedded fiber bragg grating sensors

Andrea Cusano, Patrizio Capoluongo, S. Campopiano, Antonello Cutolo, Michele Giordano, Ferdinande Felli, Antonio Paolozzi, Michele Caponero

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A critical issue in practical structural health monitoring is related to the capability of proper sensing systems integrated within the host structures to detect, identify, and localize damage generation. To this aim, many techniques have been proposed involving dynamic measurements such as modal analysis, acoustic emission, and ultrasonics. This paper relies on the use of embedded fiber Bragg grating sensors for performing an experimental modal analysis on a wing of an aircraft model. Time domain response of the embedded fiber-optic sensors induced by hammer impacts were acquired and transformed into the frequency domain. Using a classical technique based on the frequency transfer function, the first displacement and strain mode shapes of the wing have been retrieved in terms of natural frequencies and amplitudes. Experimental results confirm the excellent performances of this class of sensing devices to determine the modal behavior within complex structures compared with conventional accelerometer-based detection systems. © 2005 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67 - 77
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Sensors Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Cusano, A., Capoluongo, P., Campopiano, S., Cutolo, A., Giordano, M., Felli, F., ... Caponero, M. (2006). Experimental modal analysis of an aircraft model wing by embedded fiber bragg grating sensors. IEEE Sensors Journal, 6(1), 67 - 77. https://doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2005.854152