Mapping the thermal distribution within a silica preform tube using regenerated fibre Bragg gratings

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International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2012, 55 (11-12), pp. 3288 - 3294
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The temperature profile of the reaction zone inside the silica substrate tube during thermal heating with a H 2/O 2 flame under conditions identical to those used in the fabrication of optical fibre preforms using a modified chemical vapour deposition lathe has been characterised with ultra-high temperature stable regenerated optical fibre Bragg gratings. Experimental and theoretical results indicate a significant drop in temperature - up to several hundred degrees - across the tube wall from outside to inside. These results are in contradiction with the broadly accepted assumption that there is no significant thermal gradient across the tube itself. An array of regenerated gratings demonstrates that optical fibre grating based sensing can achieve distributed ultra-high temperature mapping and monitoring in harsh environments. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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