Photonic Sensors

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 315–330

Fiber optic intensity-modulated sensors: a review in biomechanics


    • Department of MechanicsUniversity of Aveiro
  • António Ramos
    • Department of MechanicsUniversity of Aveiro
  • José L. Santos
    • Faculty of SciencesUniversity of Porto
  • José A. Simões
    • Department of MechanicsUniversity of Aveiro
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DOI: 10.1007/s13320-012-0090-3

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Roriz, P., Ramos, A., Santos, J.L. et al. Photonic Sens (2012) 2: 315. doi:10.1007/s13320-012-0090-3


Fiber optic sensors have a set of properties that make them very attractive in biomechanics. However, they remain unknown to many who work in the field. Some possible causes are scarce information, few research groups using them in a routine basis, and even fewer companies offering turnkey and affordable solutions. Nevertheless, as optical fibers revolutionize the way of carrying data in telecommunications, a similar trend is detectable in the world of sensing. The present review aims to describe the most relevant contributions of fiber sensing in biomechanics since their introduction, from 1960s to the present, focusing on intensity-based configurations. An effort has been made to identify key researchers, research and development (R&D) groups and main applications.


Biomechanicsfiber optic sensorsintensity-modulated sensors
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