High temperature measurements in irradiated environment using Raman fiber-optics distributed temperature sensing

Abstract : Optical fiber temperature sensors using Raman effect are a promising technology for temperature mapping of nuclear power plant pipes. These pipes are exposed to high temperature (350 degrees C) and gamma radiations, which is a harsh environment for standard telecom fibers. Therefore metal coated fibers are to be used to perform measurement over 300 degrees C. Temperature variations can affect the attenuation of the metallic coated fiber before irradiation. The latter induces an extra attenuation, due to light absorption along the fiber by radiation-induced defects. The recombination of these defects can be strongly accelerated by the high temperature value. As backscattered Raman signal is weak it is important to test optical fibers under irradiation to observe how it gets attenuated. Different experiments are described in this conference paper: two in situ irradiation campaigns with different dose rates at, both ambient and high temperature. We observe that the tested off-the-shelf metallic coated fibers have a high attenuation under irradiation. We also noticed the fact that thermal annealing plays a massive role in the +300 degrees C temperature range.
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Pierre Lecomte, Sylvain Blairon, Didier Boldo, Frederic Taillade, Matthieu Caussanel, et al.. High temperature measurements in irradiated environment using Raman fiber-optics distributed temperature sensing. SPIE Photonics Europe. OPTICAL SENSING AND DETECTION IV, Apr 2016, Brussels, Belgium. pp.98991C, ⟨10.1117/12.2219174⟩. ⟨cea-01828503⟩

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