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CSIO to Advance Fibre-Optic Sensors for DRDO

Chandigarh, India-based Central Scientific Organization has advanced a fibre-optic sensing device for monitoring any sort of disorder in flying airplanes or in tanks, for deployment in defence purposes. The CSIO has been offered financial support by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for the development of these sensing systems.

These sensors have the capability to track thermal, mechanical or physical fluctuations occurring in the tanks or aircrafts, even under the influence of nuclear rays that normally restrict the sensor activity. Dr. Pawan Kapur, director of CSIO, commented that these optic fibres are so precise in function that even a unique fibre has the potential to act as a multi-sensor. He continued that these are weightless and economical and can be deployed for measuring the hazardous character of explosives or bombs.

According to Nahar Singh Mehla, In charge of the Photonics decision department at CSIO, these unique optic fibres are not affected by any sort of nuclear radiations and can even be employed for identifying the age of an infrastructure or building. Mehla explained that these sensors are inturn regulated using a single processor and the security and reliability provided by these systems are better than that obtained by other surveillance methods and radars.

Presently, DRDO requires these sensors for limiting the flight trials. Professor S. Mohan, academic specialist member of board of smart materials at Government of India, claims that even a minute fluctuation in the humidity, temperature or other factors in the airplanes can be tracked by employing these devices, thus minimizing the flight tests and timely landing as the web-oriented condition data can be relayed to the airbase for timely maintenance.


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