In this work, a remote curvature sensor using a standard OTDR as the interrogation system is presented. This approach uses a core diameter mismatch sensor which is formed by a short section of a multimode fiber, with a length of 3 mm, sandwiched between two singlemode fibers. In this case, the attenuation of the optical signal will vary as the fiber is bent allowing interrogating the sensor with OTDR technology. Preliminary results indicate a resolution range of ~0.0003 cm- 1, sensitivity in the range of ~-208.46 dB/cm-1 and a variation of 2.67 dB in the OTDR trace within the bend radius range.
In this paper it is proposed an interrogation system based on OTDR for fiber loop mirror intensity sensors. The system has been characterized in order to obtain its maximum dynamic range. The technique demonstrated good linearity with a – 13.3 dB/mm slope. A 0.027 mm resolution was achieved. The proposed interrogation system permits multiplexing of around 10 sensors and showed to be an alternative technique for multiplexing and remote sensing.