The purpose of this paper is to acquaint the engineer with the technology, terms and physical principles of distributed temperature sensing (DTS), a technology that allows the measurement of temperature along a passive fiber optic element.
Imagine having the ability to view a 3D model of an environment's temperature profile and watch it change over time. Now imagine being able to maintain accuracy over kilometers of distance through rock and under water. Care to map groundwater flow patterns beneath the surface or detect leakage in dikes and dams? How about monitoring the temperature along high-voltage cables or detecting fires in tunnels and monitoring their growth? Want to extrapolate fluid flow information down a bore hole? With DTS technology, all of this is possible.
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