8 December 2004 Epoxy-free high-temperature fiber optic pressure sensors for gas turbine engine applications
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Proceedings Volume 5590, Sensors for Harsh Environments; (2004) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.570137
Event: Optics East, 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Abstract
Pressure measurements at various locations of a gas turbine engine are highly desirable to improve the operational performance and reliability. However, measurement of dynamic pressure (1psi (6.9kPa) variation superimposed on the static bias) in the operating environment of the engine, where temperatures might exceed 600°C and pressures might exceed 100psi (690kPa), is a great challenge to currently available sensors. To meet these requirements, a novel type of fiber optic engine pressure sensor has been developed. This pressure sensor functions as a diaphragm-based extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometric (EFPI) sensor. The structure of the sensor head, composed entirely of fused silica, allows a much higher operating temperature to be achieved in conjunction with a low temperature dependence. The sensor head and the fiber tail have been packaged in a metal fitting connected to a piece of metal extension tubing, which improves the mechanical strength of the sensor and facilitates easy sensor installation. The sensor exhibited very good performance in an engine field test, demonstrating not only that the sensors' package is robust enough for engine operation, but also that its performance is consistent with that of a commercial Kulite sensor.
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Juncheng Xu, Juncheng Xu, Gary Pickrell, Gary Pickrell, Bing Yu, Bing Yu, Ming Han, Ming Han, Yizheng Zhu, Yizheng Zhu, Xingwei Wang, Xingwei Wang, Kristie L. Cooper, Kristie L. Cooper, Anbo Wang, Anbo Wang, } "Epoxy-free high-temperature fiber optic pressure sensors for gas turbine engine applications", Proc. SPIE 5590, Sensors for Harsh Environments, (8 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.570137; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.570137
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