Key Technique of Tip Clearance Measurement for Rotational Blades
It’s an important problem for power industry; energy industry, aviation and shipping to real-time measure the rotating blades’ tip clearance of engine. The conventional measurement techniques have different limitations. To achieve applied level for tip clearance measurement technique, according to the use request and application environment of tip clearance sensor, a new fiber-optic sensor was put forward to measure the blade tip radial clearance of engine in non-contact mode. The sensor was consist of single-bundle transmitting fiber in the center for laser beam delivery and three groups receiving fibers located in all around for collecting the scattered light. The sensor can not only eliminate the effect to measurement results of light source fluctuation and reflectivity variety of tip surface, but also reduce the effect of angle between the tip surface and sensor end face to measurement results. From the measurement results obtained from sensor on different clearance points, it proves that the sensor measuring system has well feasibility and reliability in blades tip clearance detection.
Wei Gao, Yasuhiro Takaya, Yongsheng Gao and Michael Krystek
Y. Z. Ma et al., "Key Technique of Tip Clearance Measurement for Rotational Blades", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 381-382, pp. 427-430, 2008