Development of a 1-DOF Force Sensor Prototype Incorporating Tapered Fiber Bragg Grating for Microsurgical Instruments

Abdulfatah A.G. Abushagur, Norhana Arsad, Mohamed M. Elgaud, Ahmad Ashrif A. Bakar

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Abstract

Decoupling between axial and transversal forces is an essential during tool-tissue interaction in many medicine surgeries; in particular where fine and precise manipulation is required to save the delicate tissues. One example of which is the vitreoretinal microsurgery (VRMS). When fiber Bragg grating based sensing technique is utilized, the cross-talk noise between the axial and transversal forces always show up severely due to its conventional wavelength shift method. To address the challenge, we have introduced theoretical method in which a combination of tapered FBG (TFBG) and bandwidth modulation method instead are used. Here in this paper, first phase of our ongoing progress to proof the concept and validate the simulation results is demonstrated experimentally. We have developed a prototype incorporated TFBG mimicking the structure of the ophthalmia's needle to measure temperature-insensitive 1-DOF axial forces. High speed plug and play (I-MON-256USB (Ibsen)) is used to monitor the reflection spectrum of the prototype sensor. An automated calibration system using LabVIEW with efficient algorithms have been developed to calculate and keep track the bandwidth variations as different values of axial forces applied. Calibration procedures are repeated three times to validate the consistency of the sensor response. Experimental results show that, the estimated force values of our prototype are consistent with their actual values with RMS error less than 0.356 N over the range (1N-10N), while temperature insensitivity is guaranteed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8908671
Pages (from-to)168520-168526
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Access
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • biomedical force sensor
  • FBG force sensing
  • tactile force sensor
  • Tapered FBG
  • vitreoretinal surgery

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  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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Development of a 1-DOF Force Sensor Prototype Incorporating Tapered Fiber Bragg Grating for Microsurgical Instruments. / Abushagur, Abdulfatah A.G.; Arsad, Norhana; Elgaud, Mohamed M.; Bakar, Ahmad Ashrif A.

In: IEEE Access, Vol. 7, 8908671, 01.01.2019, p. 168520-168526.

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Abushagur, Abdulfatah A.G. ; Arsad, Norhana ; Elgaud, Mohamed M. ; Bakar, Ahmad Ashrif A. / Development of a 1-DOF Force Sensor Prototype Incorporating Tapered Fiber Bragg Grating for Microsurgical Instruments. In: IEEE Access. 2019 ; Vol. 7. pp. 168520-168526.
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