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Training & Research Involving Polymer Optical Devices

Objective

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.
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Coordinator

ASTON UNIVERSITY

Address

Aston Triangle
B4 7et Birmingham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 804 316,92

Administrative Contact

David Webb (Prof.)

Participants (7)

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DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 741 148,64

MEDTRONIC R&D DIABETES DENMARK AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 148 889,74

UNIWERSYTET MARII CURIE-SKLODOWSKIEJ

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 404 330,52

TECHNOLOGIKO PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 217 613,22

IBSEN PHOTONICS AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 297 779,46

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 239 881,62

BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 235 268,88

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 608382

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    30 September 2017

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 089 229

  • EU contribution

    € 3 089 229

Coordinated by:

ASTON UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom