Improved Capabilities to Detect Incipient Bearing Failures.
Interim technical rept. 1 May 78-28 Feb 79,
PRATT AND WHITNEY AIRCRAFT GROUP WEST PALM BEACH FL GOVERNMENT PRODUCTS DIV
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A methodology using a low level radiation technique for the detection of wear in gas turbine engine mainshaft bearings has been developed. In conjunction with SOAP analyses, the radioactive tag will detect low levels of wear and will simultaneously indicate whether the tagged bearing is the source of the wear. Iron-55 is employed as the active tag owing to its low radiation levels, long half-life, and homogeneity of the isotope in the bearing rollers. The low levels of radiation existent in the tagged wear particles requires the separation of wear debris from the oil. Membrane filtration of the oil for debris removal is undertaken due to its high recovery efficiency, simplicity of use, and adaptability for direct incorporation into the nuclear counting system. A gas flow proportional counter with cosmic guard detector and background shielding constitutes the most suitable low-level radio-activity measuring device for the iron-55 x-ray counting. The radioactive bearing tagging technique complements engine modularization by defining a diagnostic system that will identify specific engine bearings experiencing wear. By assessing the location of the distressed bearing, the tagging technique permits the confinement of engine teardown to the module in which the bearing is located. Author
- Jet and Gas Turbine Engines