Strain Modal Testing (SMT), based on strain sensors signal processing, is an unconventional approach to perform Experimental Modal Analysis which is typically based on data measured by accelerometers. SMT is still mainly restricted to academia and requires additional investigation for a successful transition towards industry. This paper critically reviews why the automotive sector can benefit from this relatively new approach for a variety of reasons. Moreover, a case study representative of the automotive field is analyzed and discussed. Specifically, an SMT methodology is applied to evaluate the modal properties of a reinforced composite roof belonging to a racing solar powered vehicle. In the experimental activity, signals from Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors, strain gauges, and accelerometers were simultaneously acquired and further processed. The advantages of using optical fibers were discussed, together with their weaknesses and ongoing challenges. The FBG results were compared with the conventional analysis performed with the accelerometers, emphasizing the main similarities and discrepancies.

Strain Modal Testing with Fiber Bragg Gratings for Automotive Applications

Falcetelli, Francesco;Martini, Alberto;Di Sante, Raffaella
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Troncossi, Marco
2022

Abstract

Strain Modal Testing (SMT), based on strain sensors signal processing, is an unconventional approach to perform Experimental Modal Analysis which is typically based on data measured by accelerometers. SMT is still mainly restricted to academia and requires additional investigation for a successful transition towards industry. This paper critically reviews why the automotive sector can benefit from this relatively new approach for a variety of reasons. Moreover, a case study representative of the automotive field is analyzed and discussed. Specifically, an SMT methodology is applied to evaluate the modal properties of a reinforced composite roof belonging to a racing solar powered vehicle. In the experimental activity, signals from Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors, strain gauges, and accelerometers were simultaneously acquired and further processed. The advantages of using optical fibers were discussed, together with their weaknesses and ongoing challenges. The FBG results were compared with the conventional analysis performed with the accelerometers, emphasizing the main similarities and discrepancies.
Falcetelli, Francesco; Martini, Alberto; Di Sante, Raffaella; Troncossi, Marco
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