The need for sophisticated equipment continues to gain significance as new applications for stress/strain measurement increase in the European and Asia Pacific oil and gas, as well as building sectors. Accordingly, the stress/strain measurement equipment markets, comprised of conventional and fiber optic methods, appear set to achieve growth.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (testandmeasurement.frost.com), World Stress/Strain Measurement Equipment Markets, reveals that the market earned revenues of $3.2 billion in 2006 and estimates this to reach $4.5 billion in 2013.
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"Technologies such as Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG), the Brillouin scattering method, Fabry-Pérot fiber optic sensing technology and Rayleigh scattering methods contributed to the growth of the fiber optic measurement equipment market in 2006," notes Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Sujan Sami. "Moreover, these technologies are expected to assist the fiber optic methods in exceeding customer requirements more effectively when compared to conventional technologies."
Currently, the FBG technology contributes about 70 percent of the total fiber optic market revenues, followed by the Fabry-Pérot fiber optic sensing technology and the Rayleigh scattering method. In the long term, the Rayleigh scattering method will likely increase its potential and generate larger revenues for this market segment.
In the future, these products will compete with conventional methods such as strain gages and load cells. Fiber optic equipment reliability and high competition with conventional methods represent the key challenges affecting the growth of this market.
"Conventional methods have existed for over six decades and the impact of the fiber optic products will likely take at least another decade to overcome the growth of the mature conventional-type measurement equipment market," says Sami. "Moreover, the high cost of fiber optic equipment remains a deterrent to market growth."
Furthermore, remote monitoring represents one area of concern for the conventional methods, especially in situations where the sensor and instrument are placed several miles apart. Therefore, remote monitoring is a key driver for the fiber optic equipment market.
Given these factors and the growth potential of fiber optic methods, vendors’ continuous efforts to educate end-users about the features of these devices will prove beneficial.
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