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Miniaturized Acquisition Unit for Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor Based In-flight Applications


The aim of the MiniBRAGG project is to develop, test and manufacture a miniaturized acquisition unit for Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) optical sensors to be remotely used for strain, pressure and temperature measurements in cabin and non-cabin areas. The development will be based up-on FiberSensing’s proprietary tunable laser technology (BraggMETER) that enables multi-channel parallel acquisition over broadband tunability (100nm). This enables large sensor count to be addressed in a single compact instrument. BraggMETER platform processing core is fully implemented in low-level electronics (microprocessors and FPGAs) that ensure high reliability, while reducing power consumption. The platform integrates an ultra-stable multi-line reference that ensures high accuracy over the full tuning range.
Currently the BraggMETER platform relies in high speed analog to digital converters that restrict the maximum acquisition rate to 500S/s. Within the MiniBRAGG project the acquisition electronics will be redesigned using high-speed comparators to increase the acquisition rate to 2000S/s, while maintaining the spectral resolution (±2pm) and reducing the power consumption. The driving electronics of the semiconductor optical amplifier that provides gain in the tunable laser cavity will be redesigned to integrate three levels of overdriving protection to be complaint with ATEX.
The envisaged instrument architecture integrates: the tunable laser module scanning 100nm at 2000S/s; the optoelectronic module that incorporates 8 independent photodetection blocks with digital gain control to ensure 20dB of dynamic range; and, the processing module with digitalization based on multi-level high speed comparators, fast accurate spectral peak detection processing based on FPGAs and microprocessor for sensor calibration and interface through Ethernet. All these features will be integrated into a compact equipment, that will be validated in-flight to achieve a TRL-6 at the end of the project.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/semiconductor
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

JTI-CS - Joint Technology Initiatives - Clean Sky


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4470 640 Maia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 264 600
Administrative Contact
Silvia Abad (Dr.)