Blast-pressure measurement with a high-bandwidth fibre optic pressure sensor

William Neil MacPherson, Matthew James Gander, James S Barton, Julian David Clayton Jones, C L Owen, A J Watson, R M Allen

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A sensor to measure rapidly changing pressures in an explosive air blast requires high bandwidth and high spatial resolution. For such an application a low-cost, electrically isolated sensor is particularly attractive. We describe an optical fibre-based pressure sensor that meets these requirements. The sensor is subjected to an experimental explosive-blast measurement test and the results are discussed with respect to the sensor performance and compared with a simple blast-wave model and conventional pressure transducers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages8
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2000


  • Explosive air-blast measurement
  • Optical fibre
  • Pressure


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