Fibre Bragg grating sensors for distributive tactile sensing


Distributive tactile sensing is a method of tactile sensing in which a small number of sensors monitors the behaviour of a flexible substrate which is in contact with the object being sensed. This paper describes the first use of fibre Bragg grating sensors in such a system. Two systems are presented: the first is a one-dimensional metal strip with an array of four sensors, which is capable of detecting the magnitude and position of a contacting load. This system is favourably compared experimentally with a similar system using resistive strain gauges. The second system is a two-dimensional steel plate with nine sensors which is able to distinguish the position and shape of a contacting load, or the positions of two loads simultaneously. This system is compared with a similar system using 16 infrared displacement sensors. Each system uses neural networks to process the sensor data to give information concerning the type of contact. Issues and limitations of the systems are discussed, along with proposed solutions to some of the difficulties.

Uncontrolled Keywords: fibre bragg grating, optical sensor, neural network, tactile, performance, system, array
Publication ISSN: 0957-0233
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 11:27
Date Deposited: 25 May 2011 11:34
Published Date: 2007-01
Authors: Cowie, Barbara M.
Webb, David J.
Tam, Betty
Slack, Paul
Brett, Peter N.


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