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Distributed Fiber-Optic Pressure Sensor Based On Bourdon Tubes Metered By Optical Frequency-Domain Reflectometry, Chen Zhu, Yiyang Zhuang, Yizhen Chen, Rex E. Gerald Ii, Jie Huang Jul 2019

Distributed Fiber-Optic Pressure Sensor Based On Bourdon Tubes Metered By Optical Frequency-Domain Reflectometry, Chen Zhu, Yiyang Zhuang, Yizhen Chen, Rex E. Gerald Ii, Jie Huang

Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Research & Creative Works

We report a distributed fiber-optic pressure sensor based on Bourdon tubes using Rayleigh backscattering metered by optical frequency-domain reflectometry (OFDR). In the proposed sensor, a piece of single-mode fiber (SMF) is attached to the concave surfaces of Bourdon tubes using a thin layer of epoxy. The strain profiles along the concave surface of the Bourdon tube vary with applied pressure, and the strain variations are transferred to the attached SMF through the epoxy layer, resulting in spectral shifts in the local Rayleigh backscattering signals. By monitoring the local spectral shifts of the OFDR system, the pressure applied to the Bourdon ...


Spatially Continuous Strain Monitoring Using Distributed Fiber Optic Sensors Embedded In Carbon Fiber Composites, Sasi Jothibasu, Yang Du, Sudharshan Anandan, Gurjot S. Dhaliwal, Rex E. Gerald Ii, Steve Eugene Watkins, K. Chandrashekhara, Jie Huang Jul 2019

Spatially Continuous Strain Monitoring Using Distributed Fiber Optic Sensors Embedded In Carbon Fiber Composites, Sasi Jothibasu, Yang Du, Sudharshan Anandan, Gurjot S. Dhaliwal, Rex E. Gerald Ii, Steve Eugene Watkins, K. Chandrashekhara, Jie Huang

Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Research & Creative Works

A distributed fiber optic strain sensor based on Rayleigh backscattering, embedded in a fiber-reinforced polymer composite, has been demonstrated. The optical frequency domain reflectometry technique is used to analyze the backscattered signal. The shift in the Rayleigh backscattered spectrum is observed to be linearly related to the change in strain of the composite material. The sensor (standard single-mode fiber) is embedded between the layers of the composite laminate. A series of tensile loads is applied to the laminate using an Instron testing machine, and the corresponding strain distribution of the laminate is measured. The results show a linear response indicating ...


Data-Driven Integral Reinforcement Learning For Continuous-Time Non-Zero-Sum Games, Yongliang Yang, Liming Wang, Hamidreza Modares, Dawei Ding, Yixin Yin, Donald C. Wunsch Jun 2019

Data-Driven Integral Reinforcement Learning For Continuous-Time Non-Zero-Sum Games, Yongliang Yang, Liming Wang, Hamidreza Modares, Dawei Ding, Yixin Yin, Donald C. Wunsch

Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Research & Creative Works

This paper develops an integral value iteration (VI) method to efficiently find online the Nash equilibrium solution of two-player non-zero-sum (NZS) differential games for linear systems with partially unknown dynamics. To guarantee the closed-loop stability about the Nash equilibrium, the explicit upper bound for the discounted factor is given. To show the efficacy of the presented online model-free solution, the integral VI method is compared with the model-based off-line policy iteration method. Moreover, the theoretical analysis of the integral VI algorithm in terms of three aspects, i.e., positive definiteness properties of the updated cost functions, the stability of the ...


Solar Concentrators Manufacture And Automation, Ernst Kussul, Tetyana Baydyk, Alberto Escalante Estrada, Maria Tersa Rodriguez Gonzalez, Donald C. Wunsch Apr 2019

Solar Concentrators Manufacture And Automation, Ernst Kussul, Tetyana Baydyk, Alberto Escalante Estrada, Maria Tersa Rodriguez Gonzalez, Donald C. Wunsch

Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Research & Creative Works

Solar energy is one of the most promising types of renewable energy. Flat facet solar concentrators were proposed to decrease the cost of materials needed for production. They used small flat mirrors for approximation of parabolic dish surface. The first prototype of flat facet solar concentrators was made in Australia in 1982. Later various prototypes of flat facet solar concentrators were proposed. It was shown that the cost of materials for these prototypes is much lower than the material cost of conventional parabolic dish solar concentrators. To obtain the overall low cost of flat facet concentrators it is necessary to ...