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1. WO2011003167 - FIBER-OPTIC TEMPERATURE SENSOR ASSEMBLY

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CLAIMS :

1. A fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly comprising:

a cap with an inner cavity;

a sensor member received in the inner cavity of the cap, the sensor member having light-transmitting properties adapted to change with temperature variations and light-reflecting properties to reflect transmitted light;

an optical fiber having a first end received in the inner cavity of the cap, and a second end of the optical fiber being adapted to be connected to a processing unit for transmitting light signals between the sensor member and the processing unit; and

a pressing device received in the cap and pressing against the sensor member such that the sensor member is in operational contact with the first end of the optical fiber for transmission of light therebetween during operation of the fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly.

2. The fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly according to claim 1, wherein the pressing device is a coil spring.

3. The fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly according to claim 1, wherein the pressing device is a buffer made of a material expanding/contracting with temperature variations in a predetermined way such that the buffer presses the sensor member against the first end of the optical fiber when a temperature measured is within a range of operation of the fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly.

4. The fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly according to claim 1, wherein the cap is spliced to the optical fiber.

5. The fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly according to claim 1, wherein the cap is an open-ended cap, and further comprising a plug at the open end of the cap, whereby the sensor member and the pressing device are held captive in the inner cavity of the cap between the plug and the optical fiber.

6. The fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly according to claim 5, wherein the plug is spliced to the cap.

7. The fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly according to claim 5, wherein the open-ended cap is made of a shape-memory material having a longitudinal bore accessed by a closeable radial slit, the plug and the optical fiber being held captive by pressure of the open-ended cap.

8. The fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly according to claim 1, further comprising a support sleeve connecting the cap to the optical fiber, the support sleeve defining a throughbore for the optical fiber, the support sleeve being spliced to the optical fiber about the throughbore, the support sleeve further comprising a first counterbore for receiving a portion of the cap.

9. The fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly according to claim 8, wherein the cap is spliced to the support sleeve about the first counterbore.

10. The fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly-according to claim 8, further comprising means to hold the cap captive in the support sleeve.

11. The fiber-optic temperature sensor assembly according to claim 10, wherein the support sleeve comprises a second counterbore, and said means is a ring covering the second counterbore, the cap having a flange cooperating with the ring such that the flange is held captive in the second counterbore.