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Turbine blade tip clearance measurements using skewed dual optical beams of tip timing
Author(s): De-chao Ye; Fa-jie Duan; Hao-tian Guo; Yangzong Li; Kai Wang
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Paper Abstract

Optimization and active control of the clearance between turbine blades and case of the engine is identified, especially in aerospace community, as a key technology to increase engine efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and emissions and increase service life .However, the tip clearance varies during different operating conditions. Thus a reliable non-contact and online detection system is essential and ultimately used to close the tip clearance control loop. This paper described a fiber optical clearance measuring system applying skewed dual optical beams to detect the traverse time of passing blades. Two beams were specially designed with an outward angle of 18 degree and the beam spot diameters are less than 100μm within 0-4mm working range to achieve high signal-to-noise and high sensitivity. It could be theoretically analyzed that the measuring accuracy is not compromised by degradation of signal intensity caused by any number of environmental conditions such as light source instability, contamination and blade tip imperfection. Experimental tests were undertaken to achieve a high resolution of 10μm in the rotational speed range 2000-18000RPM and a measurement accuracy of 15μm, indicating that the system is capable of providing accurate and reliable data for active clearance control (ACC).

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 November 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8321, Seventh International Symposium on Precision Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation, 83210W (15 November 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.903907
Show Author Affiliations
De-chao Ye, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Fa-jie Duan, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Hao-tian Guo, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Yangzong Li, Tianjin Univ. (China)
Kai Wang, Tianjin Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8321:
Seventh International Symposium on Precision Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation
Kuang-Chao Fan; Man Song; Rong-Sheng Lu, Editor(s)

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