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Title: Progress in the application of exposed core, optical fibre sensors for detecting and monitoring surface crystallization processes
Contributor(s): Boerkamp, Martijn (author); Lamb, David (author); Lye, Peter (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2008
DOI: 10.1117/12.797583
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Abstract: Intrinsic Exposed Core Optical Fibre Sensors (IECOFS) based on step-index, silica fibres have been used to monitor surface crystallization processes. When applied to scale (CaCO₃) detection, the sensor is fully recoverable; requiring only immersion in a solution of dilute HCl. Unlike conventional scale sensors, the IECOFS responds only to heterogenous (surface) crystal growth and the optical response correlates to several crystal growth processes, offering a tool for monitoring surface crystal growth kinetics. Kinetic parameters extracted from the IECOFS response profiles are similar to those obtained from surface crystal growth on stainless steel surfaces indicating the potential for IECOFS as a sensor of scale formation in industrial processes.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Optical Design and Engineering III, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2nd - 5th September, 2008
Source of Publication: Proceedings of SPIE, v.7100, p. 70112G-1-70112G-8
Publisher: SPIE: International Society for Optical Engineering
Place of Publication: Bellingham, United States of America
ISSN: 0277-786X
Field of Research (FOR): 020501 Classical and Physical Optics
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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