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Detection of solvents using a distributed fibre optic sensor

MacLean, Alistair and Moran, C. and Johnstone, W. and Culshaw, B. and Marsh, D. and Parker, P. (2003) Detection of solvents using a distributed fibre optic sensor. Electronics Letters, 39 (17). pp. 1237-1238. ISSN 0013-5194

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Abstract

A fibre optic sensor that is capable of distributed detection of liquid solvents is presented. Sensor interrogation using optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR) provides the capability of locating solvent spills to a precision of ±2 m over a total sensor length that may extend to 20 km.