Optical fiber Fresnel reflection sensor for direct detection of the solid-liquid phase change in n-octadecane

Han, Wei, Rebow, Marek, Liu, Dejun, Farrell, Gerald, Semenova, Yuliya and Wu, Qiang (2018) Optical fiber Fresnel reflection sensor for direct detection of the solid-liquid phase change in n-octadecane. Measurement Science and Technology, 29 (12). p. 125107. ISSN 0957-0233

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Abstract

An all optical fiber Fresnel reflection sensor for detecting the solid-liquid phase change in n-octadecane is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The sensor probe consists of a single-mode fiber with a cleaved end which is immersed in the material sample under test. As the n-octadecane changes from solid to liquid or from liquid to solid, its refractive index (RI) changes resulting in changes of the light power ratio reflected by the probe. Since the RI of n-octadecane during its phase transition changes discontinuously, inflection in the reflected light power ratio dependence indicates the phase change of the sample in the vicinity of the sensor probe. The results of this work suggest that such a simple optical fiber sensor can be used for detection of liquid-solid phase changes in other materials with similar to n-octadecane thermo-optic properties.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 08:30
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 14:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36599

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