Distributed fiber optic sensors refer to the integration of distributed sensing technology along the entire length of fiber cable to achieve continuous and real-time measurements. Distributed fiber optic sensors overcome the built-in constraints of traditional technologies such as thermocouples and strain gauges. Based on scattering process, Raman scattering process is likely to spearhead the scattering process segment throughout the forecast period, whereas, Rayleigh scattering process is expected to register the highest growth during the forecast period.
Among various industry verticals, oil and gas industry is expected to be the largest user of distributed fiber optic sensors. The several benefits associated with these sensors, including capability to provide more accurate and efficient results, even in remote locations, are the major factors behind their adoption in oil and gas vertical. Some of the factors like increasing adoption of distributed optic fiber sensors in oil and gas and soaring demand from the civil engineering vertical are expected to propel the growth of global distributed fiber optic sensor market in near future.
GLOBAL DISTRIBUTED FIBER OPTIC SENSOR MARKET BY SCATTERING PROCESS $M (2013–2023)
The global distributed fiber optic sensor market is expected to witness a CAGR of 15.0% during the forecast period, to reach $1,970.1 million by 2023. Distributed fiber optic sensors are widely being adopted in oil and gas vertical. In oil and gas applications, these sensors are being used for specific monitoring of well-temperature and for obtaining an authentic picture of physical parameters of wellbore. However, the market is expected to register fastest growth in civil engineering vertical, during the forecast period. Distributed fiber optic sensors are widely being adopted in civil engineering to enhance the inspection accuracy and efficiency.The application of structured health monitoring (SHM) systems to civil engineering is the major factor escalating the adoption of distributed optic fiber sensors in this vertical. Engineers trained in visual inspection used to execute several civil engineering infrastructures including assessment of buildings, bridges, dams and tunnels, which includes the probability to be inaccurate because of the deviations in their background for safety condition assessments. These sensors help civil engineering vertical with their features of durability, small size, security and insensitivity to external electromagnetic perturbations.
Based on application, temperature sensing application segment is likely to spearhead with largest revenue contribution throughout the forecast period. However, acoustic sensing application is expected to register highest growth among them during the forecast period. Wireless and passive nature of acoustic sensors is the major factor escalating its adoption. Distributed acoustic sensors are being used to measure any kind of vibrational change by using a distributed optic fiber.
The distributed fiber optic sensors offer several advantages including immunity to electromagnetic interference, high sensitivity, broad bandwidth, lightweight, small size, and ease of implementation. Presently, most of the research groups have moved their focus towards distributed sensors, capable of detecting various dynamic parameters including dynamic strains, electromagnetic fields and sound waves. Due to the rapid adoption of distributed fiber optic sensors in various industry verticals for several applications, commercialization of distributed optical fiber sensors has found some success.
New ideas to enhance the application areas of distributed fiber optic sensors are uninterruptedly being developed and helping traditional measurements along with new applications. Escalating demand for high speed Ethernet is generating demand for more bandwidth. Demand for more bandwidth is expected to increase the adoption of single mode fiber based sensors because, single mode fiber based sensors are employed for long distance.
The key factors propelling the growth of global distributed optic fiber sensor market include the escalation in global demand of oil and gas, power and utility and safety and security. Distributed fiber optic sensors have ability to operate and optimize resources of oil and gas industry more effectively. Several factors including more focus on improving oil recovery, continued stability of capital investment on thermal enhanced oil improvement techniques, and rise of expensive multi-lateral hydraulic fracturing are the major factors supporting the growth of global distributed optic fiber sensor market. In traditional tank monitoring systems, sensing element is being considered as a physical device and commonly implemented at the end of copper line. Unlike traditional tank monitoring devices, distributed fiber optic sensing technology use the entire length of glass fiber and turn it into thousands of sensing points to provide more accurate and efficient results.
Traditional sensors rely on various sensors measuring at pre-decided points, whereas, distributed sensing does not rely upon manufactured sensors but take advantage of optical fiber. Distributed fiber optic sensors enable surveilling solutions with benefits for the safety of society and critical assets, especially when surveilling in inhospitable environments or remote locations. These sensors substitute integration of thousands of sensors with single optical fiber system. Moreover, the optical fiber is light weighted, manageable, available at low-price, and unaffected to electromagnetic interference (EMI), which makes it an economical and flexible sensor medium. The benefits associated with distributed optic fiber sensors are likely to spur the growth of this market.
The key players in the distributed fiber optic sensor market include Schlumberger Limited, Halliburton Company, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Weatherford International plc, QinetiQ Group plc, Luna Innovations Incorporated, OFS Fitel LLC, Bandweaver, OmniSens S.A., Brugg Kabel AG, AP Sensing GmbH, AFL, and Ziebel AS.
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