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Sensors for extreme environments

Sensors for extreme environments Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the techniques and technologies used in a selection of sensors which operate in extreme environments. Design/methodology/approach – Following a short introduction, this paper discusses the technologies used in a range of sensors, principally accelerometers and pressure, temperature and displacement sensors, used in environments characterised by elevated temperatures, radiation and high shock and vibration levels. Findings – The paper shows that a range of different strategies is employed to allow sensors to operate in extreme environments. These include specialised designs, novel sensing technologies and others which are inherently capable of withstanding extreme conditions and materials which can perform in, or which are resistant to, these environments. Several new technologies are under development which aim to extend sensor performance to new levels. Originality/value – This paper provides details of the technologies used in a range of sensors aimed at applications in extreme environments. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sensor Review Emerald Publishing

Sensors for extreme environments

Sensor Review , Volume 32 (4): 6 – Sep 7, 2012

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0260-2288
DOI
10.1108/02602281211257498
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the techniques and technologies used in a selection of sensors which operate in extreme environments. Design/methodology/approach – Following a short introduction, this paper discusses the technologies used in a range of sensors, principally accelerometers and pressure, temperature and displacement sensors, used in environments characterised by elevated temperatures, radiation and high shock and vibration levels. Findings – The paper shows that a range of different strategies is employed to allow sensors to operate in extreme environments. These include specialised designs, novel sensing technologies and others which are inherently capable of withstanding extreme conditions and materials which can perform in, or which are resistant to, these environments. Several new technologies are under development which aim to extend sensor performance to new levels. Originality/value – This paper provides details of the technologies used in a range of sensors aimed at applications in extreme environments.

Journal

Sensor ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 7, 2012

Keywords: Sensors; Temperature; Radiation; Vibration; Shock; Pressure; Extreme environments; Displacement; Materials

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