Axial movement update for the spinning rig

Validation of axial position algorithms can be performed using our modified spinning rig. A spring loaded fan allows axial shift with increasing fan load.  The axial movement is acquired accurately from the rotor using optical techniques and this can then be compared to that calculated from the tip timing probes.

This allows us to improve the accuracy and resolution of our methods

BTT Spinning Rig update

The BTT spinning rig has been adapted to allow the investigation of axial movement measurement and to produce data sets that will allow surge deflection algorithms to be validated.

A reference disk and a new high speed motor enable us to precisely measure the axial movement of a spring loaded rotor that is used to create axial position shifts with increasing load.  The motor rating has been increased to 500W and the maximum speed is now 3000 rpm.

A new video has been added. Validation of axial position algorithms can be performed using our modified spinning rig with a spring loaded fan that allows
axial shift with increasing fan load.  The axial movement is acquired accurately from the rotor using optical techniques and this can then be compared to that calculated form the tip timing probes.

This allows us to improve the accuracy and resolution of our methods

Poland AVT 229 conference Update

It is a few weeks since we attended this conference and presented at a panel session discussing Gas Turbine Instrumentation and at the technical session  presenting our latest work on blade health monitoring systems.

The work of AVT 229 has now concluded and we are working closely with our colleagues to propose a new activity to include predicted and measured remaining life and maturation of Engine Health Monitoring (EHM) systems for gas turbine applications.

We hope to attend the EVI-GTI conference in London later this year where we will be presenting some of our finding from the BTT research we are undertaking.

BTT Training course

We have just delivered a training course over a period of three days to a group of customers based in Europe.  This course covered the theory of how BTT processing works followed by analysis examples and the use of currently available BTT analysis software tools.  Demonstrations of hardware were also provided with a look at a simple BTT rig that is currently under construction allowing the creation of controlled data sets.

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