Research Papers: Gas Turbines: Controls, Diagnostics, and Instrumentation

Experimental Investigation on Fiber Thermocouples Used in Brush Seals for Temperature Measurements

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Shouqing Huang

State Key Laboratory of Tribology,
Tsinghua University,
Beijing 100084, China
e-mail: hshouqing@163.com

Shuangfu Suo

Associate Professor
State Key Laboratory of Tribology,
Tsinghua University,
Beijing 100084, China
e-mail: sfsuo@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn

Yongjian Li

State Key Laboratory of Tribology,
Tsinghua University,
Beijing 100084, China
e-mail: liyongjian@tsinghua.edu.cn

Jun Ding

China University of Mining and Technology,
Beijing 100083, China
e-mail: dingjun0823@163.com

Yuming Wang

State Key Laboratory of Tribology,
Tsinghua University,
Beijing 100084, China
e-mail: yumingwang@tsinghua.edu.cn

Contributed by the Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING FOR GAS TURBINES AND POWER. Manuscript received February 25, 2014; final manuscript received March 1, 2014; published online April 18, 2014. Editor: David Wisler.

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 136(9), 091602 (Apr 18, 2014) (6 pages) Paper No: GTP-14-1123; doi: 10.1115/1.4027069 History: Received February 25, 2014; Revised March 01, 2014

A type of fiber thermocouple is applied to a brush seal in order to obtain the temperature of the bristle-rotor friction zone. Using a brush seal test rig, the temperature measurements utilizing a fiber thermocouple, infrared thermometer, and common thermocouple are compared and studied. The fiber thermocouple is studied under various operational conditions consisting of different pressure and speed variations, rotor-bristle interferences, and eccentricities. Some interesting phenomena and characteristics of brush seals are revealed during these experiments. Some preliminary wear results of a fiber thermocouple are also presented. The results demonstrate the superiority of fiber thermocouples when used in narrow spaces, high temperature, and pressure environments within the heart of an aero-engine.

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Photograph of a fiber thermocouple

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Micrograph of the fiber thermocouples and bristles

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Installation of a fiber thermocouple in a brush seal

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Photograph of the brush seal test rig

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Cross-sectional view of the test cavity

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Dimensions of the test brush seal

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Photograph of the temperature test system: (a) general photograph, and (b) enlarged partial view of the test zone

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Comparison of several temperature measurement methods

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Thermal current routes in the fiber thermocouple

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Measured results of a fiber thermocouple under various pressures

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Measured results under various speeds

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Steady temperatures comparison under conditions with and without pressure

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Steady temperatures from a fiber thermocouple under various interferences

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Temperature responses under the conditions of 0.02 mm interference and 0.25 mm eccentricity

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Pictures of fiber thermocouples after 100 working hours: (a) inside the bristle pack, and (b) micrograph




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