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Susana Novais is graduated in Biomedical Engineering from the Bragança Polytechnic Institute, Portugal. In 2019 she received the Ph.D. degree in Physical Engineering at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, on optical fiber sensors for challenging media. In last 5 years, she has published about 21 papers in international journal, book chapters and conference proceedings. Her field expertise is optical fiber sensors applied to the lithium ion batteries, optical fiber designs and their applications in chemically challenging media. She is currently an Assistant Researcher at the Center for Applied Photonics (CAP) at INESC TEC and her current research interests are optical fiber sensors for medical applications.

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    Portugal
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    Applied Photonics
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    +351220402301
    susana.novais@inesctec.pt
Publications

2019

Humidity sensor based on optical fiber coated with agarose gel

Authors
Novais, S; Ferreira, MS; Pinto, JL;

Publication
Optical Sensors 2019

Abstract

2019

Internal strain and temperature discrimination with optical fiber hybrid sensors in Li-ion batteries

Authors
Nascimento, M; Novais, S; Ding, MS; Ferreira, MS; Koch, S; Passerini, S; Pinto, JL;

Publication
JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES

Abstract
Strain and temperature are critical parameters to monitor in Li-ion batteries (LIBs) to improve their safety and long-term cycling stability. High local current densities can result in a massive heat release, decomposition of the electrolyte, gas evolution and even explosion of the battery cell, known as thermal runaway. However, the corrosive chemical environment in the batteries is a challenge to monitor strain and temperature. Optical fiber sensors, due to their high chemical stability and small diameter, can be embedded within the LIBs, thus becoming an interesting solution for operando and in situ measurements. In this work, a hybrid sensing network constituted by fiber Bragg gratings and Fabry-Perot cavities is proposed for the discrimination of strain and temperature. The proof-of-concept was performed by attaching the sensing network to the surface of a smart phone battery. Afterwards, it was embedded in a Li-ion pouch cell to monitor and simultaneously discriminate internal strain and temperature variations in three different locations. Higher thermal and strain variations are observed in the middle position. The methodology presented proves to be a feasible and non-invasive solution for internal, real-time, multipoint and operando temperature and strain monitoring of LIBs, which is crucial for their safety.

2019

A Self-Referencing Intensity-Based Fabry–Perot Cavity for Curvature Measurement

Authors
Novais, S; Silva, SO; Frazao, O;

Publication
IEEE Sensors Letters

Abstract

2019

Curvature detection in a medical needle using a Fabry-Perot cavity as an intensity sensor

Authors
Novais, S; Silva, SO; Frazão, O;

Publication
Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation

Abstract
The use of optical sensors inside the needle can improve targeting precision and can bring real-time information about the location of the needle tip if necessary, since a needle bends through insertion into the tissue. Therefore, the precise location of the needle tip is so important in percutaneous treatments. In the current experiment, a fiber sensor based on a Fabry-Perot (FP) cavity is described to measure the needle curvature. The sensor is fabricated by producing an air bubble between two sections of multimode fiber. The needle with the sensor therein was attached at one end and deformed by the application of movements. The sensor presents a sensitivity of -0.152 dB/m-1 to the curvature measurements, with a resolution of 0.089 m-1. The sensory structure revealed to be stable, obtaining a cross-sensitivity to be 0.03 m-1/°C. © 2019 Elsevier Ltd

2019

Fabry-Perot cavity for curvature measurement in a medical needle

Authors
Novais, S; Silva, SO; Frazão, O;

Publication
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

Abstract
A reflective fiber optic sensor based on a Fabry-Perot cavity made by splicing two sections of multimode fiber is demonstrated to measure the needle curvature. The sensing structure was incorporated into a medical needle and characterized for curvature and temperature measurements. The maximum sensitivity of-0.152dB/m-1 was obtained to the curvature measurements, with a resolution of 0.089m-1. When subjected to temperature, the sensing head presented a low temperature sensitivity, which resulted in a small cross-sensitivity. © COPYRIGHT SPIE. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.