Ditch Your Dad's Gauges: Time to Revolutionize Your Measurements

May 25, 2021 |

See how fiber optic sensors can be placed in or near the bond line for improved accuracy and control during curing cycles.

Are you still using traditional thermocouples and strain gauges to measure temperature and strain in your material joining processes? It's time to upgrade to fiber optics to capture data at the speed of light. Join Luna Innovations for this session to see how fiber optic sensors can be placed in or near the bond line for improved accuracy and control during curing cycles and discover examples of how a fiber sensor can be left on structures to monitor the health of the joint. This session will also cover the benefits of fiber optic sensing to reduce installation and product build time, produce a better product, provide ease of integration with other systems and increase the quantity and accuracy of data while reducing cost and time schedule.


  • Learn how to use fiber optics for temperature and strain near the bond line while joining material
  • Understand limits of traditional thermocouples and strain gauges
  • See benefits of fiber sensing to reduce build span, get better info and produce better product
  • Watch fiber install in-action - ease of use and integration with analog control systems

Presenter 1:

Doug Decker

President, Composites Consulting

Doug Decker has more than 37 years of manufacturing and producibility-related experience in building large, integrated, bonded, composite structures. Retired from Northrop Grumman as a technical fellow working with aircraft, satellites and ship structures, Doug received a degree in aeronautical engineering technology from Arizona State University in 1981.

Doug Decker

Presenter 2:

Dana DuToit

Director, US West; Luna Innovations

Dana DuToit is the director of sensing solutions for Luna Innovations, which develops fiber optic sensing systems for structural and process-monitoring applications. Dana has 30 years of experience in the fiber optic sensing industry, business development and applications engineering. Dana has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota.