- Conference date: 27–29 June 2012
- Location: Ancona, Italy
Performances of blade tip timing measurement systems (BTT), recently used for non contact turbine blade vibration measurements, in terms of uncertainty and resolution are strongly affected by sensor characteristics. The sensors used for BTT generate pulses, to be used also for precise measurements of turbine blades time of arrival. All the literature on this measurement techniques do not address this problem in a clear way, defining the relevant dynamic and static sensor characteristics, fundamental for this application. Till now proximity sensors used are based on optical, capacitive, eddy current and microwave measuring principle. Also pressure sensors has been used. In this paper a new sensing principle is proposed. A proximity sensor based on magnetoresistive sensing element has been assembled end tested. A simple and portable test bench with variable speed, blade tip width, variable clearance was built and used in order to characterize the main sensor performances.
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