Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair/Advisor

Hai Xiao

Committee Member

Liang Dong

Committee Member

Fei Peng

Committee Member

Judson Ryckman


Electricity is a vital energy source that powers modern technology. Turbines are heavily relied on in the electric power industry for the conversion of natural energy sources into electricity. These turbines operate under harsh conditions which increase the likelihood of blade damage. Structural health monitoring of a turbine’s blades is important to detect problems before a blade experiences failure. The blade tip timing method can be used to monitor blade vibrations and determine if damage has occurred. An optical blade tip timing sensor is designed and fabricated to advance the field of sensing in the power industry.



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