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The response is equivalent to the single degree of freedom discussed earlier. Some overshoot is desirable, since this ensures that the speed of response of the system is relatively fast. A measure of control performance is the settling time which measures the time taken for the transient response due to a step change in demand to decay to a given percentage (usually between 2 and 5%) of the steady value. If the gain is increased further there usually reaches a point where the control overcompensates for the measured error, and actually makes the oscillations grow.
It is then simply a matter of injecting the broadband light source into the fibre and measuring the reflected spectrum in which a particular wavelength band corresponds to a particular sensor. A fibre optic commutator switch can be used to address several of these chains of sensors and arrays of up to many hundreds have been demonstrated based upon this simple architecture. The benefits of the fibre Bragg grating are substantial. The grating pe riod is coded into a reflection wavelength which is an unambiguous signal and is independent of illuminating intensity or detector sensitivity.
Integrated measurements effectively present the average of a distributed measurement function over the length of the optical fibre — these incorporate the line integrating capabilities of the fibre and, whilst this is not unique to optical fibre measurements, the total access range over which such integration may be achieved and the range of measurands to which it can apply are also unique to fibre technology. For smart systems the applications for such specialised measurements are many. However all rely upon the need for access over long range or the need for measurements involving relatively long gauge lengths.