Optical fiber based sensor system for monitoring of infrastructures

FEBUS Optics is an innovative company based in Pau (France) bringing a new generation of optical fiber based sensor system to the market, in particular for the maintenance and monitoring of infrastructures.

Structural Health Monitoring

protection population and environment  Protection of the population and of the environment

costs optimization  Costs optimization (investments and maintenance)

opex and apex pooling  OPEX and APEX pooling

civil engineering

Civil engineering

nuclear industry

Nuclear industry

energy

Energy

R&D

Research

As soon as the foundations are laid, the FEBUS Optics solution in Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) allows to control that the passing of time, the temperature variations, the repeated passes, the ground movements and landslides do not cause important damages.

Ensuring a continuous monitoring of a nuclear power plant, a dam, a viaduct, a tunnel, a road or a railway is essential to:

  • improve the safety of the structure
  • increase its lifetime
  • reduce the maintenance costs.

The distributed fiber optic sensing presents important advantages:

  • this technology is far more cost-effective than traditional methods, based on the installation of multiple captors on the entire structure
  • it is easy to implement since only the deployment of an optical fiber is needed
  • the deployed cable does not need to be removed after the operation
  • a continuous monitoring is achieved
  • the distributed measurements are spatially and temporally localized with a high precision.

The FEBUS interrogators provide measurements of:

Our devices are easy to interface with any supervision system.

Placed in indoor or outdoor cabinets, they provide reliable and accurate data even in harsh environment:

  • resistance to vibrating interferences (strong wind and swell for example) and to extreme temperatures
  • dust and splashproof
  • immunity to electromagnetic radiations (high-voltage grid, nuclear power plant...).

outdoor cabinet

Cabinet installed along a railway

  • Material aging, structures general fatigue and yielding detection, real-time and precisely localized alerting

SENSITIVE INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Protection of the environment and of the people thanks to a real-time detection of leaks and other damages

CIVIL ENGINEERING

  • Anticipation of the monitoring operations, monitoring of the road traffic and detection of the railway vehicles structural failures

ROADS AND RAILWAYS

MONITORING OF THE SENSITIVE INFRASTRUCTURES

The structures integrity monitoring solution of FEBUS allows to ensure a structural control on a bridge, a viaduct, a gallery, a tunnel, a nuclear power plant or any other sensitive infrastructure.

The FEBUS G1-D (DSS - Distributed Strain Sensing) and the FEBUS G1-C provide information about the material aging and the general fatigue of the structure. The yieldings are also detected.

The FEBUS A1 (DAS - Distributed Acoustic Sensing), for its parts, presents a state-of-the-art sensitivity to vibrating phenomenons. A close harmonic analysis of the structure behavior can be set up as a diagnosis or a continuous monitoring. In this last case, the cable breaks and the cracks in the structure are detected.

Besides, thanks to the adaptable gauge length of our interrogator, only one single measurement is needed to achieve the entire analysis of the vibrating behavior of a structure. The collected data allow to define all the vibrating modes and the resonance threshold to increase this way the security of the structure.

FEBUS A1 adaptable gauge length

Finally our SHM (Structural Health Monitoring) solution allows the early detection of fires thanks to the FEBUS T1-R (DTS - Distributed Temperature Sensing) or to the FEBUS G1 (DTSS - Distributed Temperature and Strain Sensing) for long distances with:

  • a high temperature accuracy
  • a very short detection time
  • a real-time alert generation
  • a precise localization.

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CIVIL ENGINEERING MONITORING

Every engineering structure needs to be monitored to provide the fastest reaction in case of leak or any other damage (ground movements and material yieldings). Indeed, the consequences in terms of environment or population safety can be important or even irreversible.

Thanks to our interrogators plugged to one end of the optical fiber deployed in a structure, the FEBUS Optics' Structural Health Monitoring solution allows to ensure a control:

  • continuously or punctually
  • from the building of the structure
  • during all its lifetime.

Our devices detect, among other things, leaks, dam uplifts, erosion, landslides and any other type of damage. They measure:

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ROADS AND RAILWAYS MONITORING

Anticipating the operations of monitoring is possible by deploying fiber optic cables along the roads and railways during their construction phase. This way, the cost to implement our SHM (Structural Health Monitoring) solution is streamlined.

Moreover, the FEBUS Optics interrogators need to be plugged to only one end of the fiber:

  • their deployment is eased
  • the system is redundant: the monitoring solution availability is maximized.

The FEBUS G1-R (DSS - Distributed Strain Sensing) and the FEBUS G1-C allow to track the evolutions of the strains and the distortions, caused by a landslide for example.

The investment to set up the FEBUS Optics monitoring system is also more cost-effective than traditional methods. A unique FEBUS G1-R is needed to address operations up to 100 km.

FEBUS G1-R range 100 km

Traffic monitoring using the FEBUS A1 (DAS - Distributed Acoustic Sensing) is possible to optimize risks evaluation by quantifying the traffic, classifying vehicles and detecting accidents:

  • in real-time
  • along the entire fiber optic grid (that often already exists and that is used for telecommunications).

The FEBUS A1 allows the detection of railway vehicles structural faults. Our device offers a state-of-the-art sensitivity to identify any evolution of the acoustic signature of car or train axle trees.

The continuous and distributed monitoring of a road or a railway and of its traffic is achieved thanks to a unique solution, reducing this way investment and maintenance costs of the monitoring system.

The FEBUS A1 (DAS - Distributed Acoustic Sensing) can be combined to our FEBUS REM (Range Extension Module) to increase its range.

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The FEBUS REM (Range Extension Module) allows to increase the range of the FEBUS A1 (DAS) and of the FEBUS G1 (DSTS).

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FEBUS OPTICS IMPLEMENTATION AND SERVICE

Our technical leads provide a support and operational solutions adapted to each project.

  • We come on-site to install our solutions and to achieve the acquisitions. Our experts are also available remotely to ensure assistance during the operations.
  • We offer a remote connection to monitor the quality of the acquisition during the survey.

We ensure training and support all along the project lifespan: help for the data treatment and interpretation, adjustment of the measurement parameters...

FEBUS Optics also offers yearly maintenance contract, warranty extension after 3 years and continuity of service. Spare parts, backup machines and on-site repairs are optional. Our technical leads present a prevention plan adapted to the needs of each project.

WHY CHOOSE FEBUS OPTICS FOR STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING?

High sensitivity of detection (DAS, DTS, DSS technologies) high sensitivity of detection DAS DTS DSS Environmental and safety risks are avoided.

Real-time monitoring

real time monitoring A quick response is provided.

Long range devices

long range FEBUS devices CAPEX and OPEX are optimized.

Durability of the equipments (optical fiber & interrogators)

durability optical fiber and interrogators The maintenance costs are optimized.

User-friendly devices and softwares

user friendly devices and softwares Our solutions are easy and quick to pick up.

Events automatic detection and alerting software events automatic detection and alerting software Early detection and alerting thanks to our clients' needs adapted solutions.
Maintenance contract maintenance contract FEBUS' devices availability is maximized.

FEBUS Optics support

FEBUS Optics support The project runs in an atmosphere of serenity.

ISO 9001 certification

iso certification The quality of the FEBUS Optics' products, services and support is recognized.

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