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Durable fiber optic sensor for gas temperature measurement in the hot section of turbine engines
Author(s): George W. Tregay; Paul R. Calabrese; Mark J. Finney; K. B. Stukey
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Paper Abstract

An optical sensor system extends gas temperature measurement capability in turbine engines beyond the present generation of thermocouple technology. The sensing element which consists of a thermally emissive insert embedded inside a sapphire lightguide is capable of operating above the melting point of nickel-based super alloys. The emissive insert generates an optical signal as a function of temperature. Continued development has led to an optically averaged system by combining the optical signals from four individual sensing elements at a single detector assembly. The size of the signal processor module has been reduced to overall dimensions of 2 X 4 X 0.7 inches. The durability of the optical probe design has been evaluated in an electric-utility operated gas turbine under the sponsorship of the Electric Power Research Institute. The temperature probe was installed between the first stage rotor and second stage nozzle on a General Electric MS7001B turbine. The combined length of the ceramic support tube and sensing element reached 1.5 inches into the hot gas stream. A total of over 2000 hours has been accumulated at probe operation temperatures near 1600 degree(s)F. An optically averaged sensor system was designed to replace the existing four thermocouple probes on the upper half of a GE F404 aircraft turbine engine. The system was ground tested for 250 hours as part of GE Aircraft Engines IR&D Optical Engine Program. Subsequently, two flight sensor systems were shipped for use on the FOCSI (Fiber Optic Control System Integration) Program. The optical harnesses, each with four optical probes, measure the exhaust gas temperature in a GE F404 engine.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 October 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2295, Fly-by-Light, (4 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.188847
Show Author Affiliations
George W. Tregay, Conax Buffalo Corp. (United States)
Paul R. Calabrese, Conax Buffalo Corp. (United States)
Mark J. Finney, Conax Buffalo Corp. (United States)
K. B. Stukey, Conax Buffalo Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2295:
Fly-by-Light
Eric Udd; Deepak Varshneya, Editor(s)

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