OptimAE

Worlds only fiber optical Acoustic Emission sensing system
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OptimAE

The OptimAE is world’s only fiber optic acoustic emission sensing system. The system is an integration of sensors, readout and software package and enables a whole new field of measurements.

Fiber optic sensing systems are by definition highly suitable to measure in extreme environments, like in areas with high voltages, inside ATEX zones, in electro magnetic fields and/or in liquids.

OptimAE is a modular system that can be configured to a maximum of 16 channels, sampling each channel at 1 MHz. This powerful system will be part of a network, which enables remote accessibility. Using an interferometric measurement principle the sensitivity gets down to femtostrain level while maintaining  a nanometer noise floor. 

The system works seamless with the 6300 AE sensors.

 

OptimAE rugged housing

OptimAE

6300 series

Software

The OptimAE software has been designed to get the best out of your OptimAE system. It integrates all the features an AE user could desire in an intuitive and user-friendly environment.

To meet the needs of advanced users, OptimAE file format is open. You can export the acquired data to your favourite environment to use custom detection and analysis algorithms.

Key features

1 MHZ sampling

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modular system, up to 16 channels

export acquired data easy

Lan interface, remotely accessible

online data processing

no maintenance, easy to use

technology

Acoustic emission measurements are best performed with optical fiber technology, since it is highly sensitive and can measure with extremely low noise in exceptionally harsh environments. The underlying technology of the OptimAE system and the 6300-series sensors is the ZonaSens technology. This patented interferometric principle measures between two reflective parts in a fiber (FBGs), therefore makes that part of the fiber extremely sensitive to strain. Minute changes to the fiber caused by acoustic waves will be detected. The optical advantages result in the possibility to have kilometers of fiber between the readout and sensors. It also enables adding sensors without compromising measuring speed and provides resistance to EMI. The sensor is made up of just a small mandrel wrapped with optical fiber, with no electric signals involved. Simple and elegant.

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