Need for Robust Sensors for Inherently Fail-Safe Gas Turbine Engine Controls, Monitoring, and Prognostics (Postprint)
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH PROPULSION DIRECTORATE
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Sensor reliability is critical to turbine engine control. Todays aircraft engines demand more sophisticated sensors in the control systems, requiring advanced engine testing for component performance demonstration. Expertise in the gas turbine instrumentation community is located across the gas turbine industry itself, within several specialized university departments serving to supplement the more general research programs in gas turbine research. Sensor technology has advanced in many fields however, implementation has been slower in aerospaces push for engine health management through adaptive control systems demands more robust instrumentation with inherently fail safe sensors. The future needs of the USAF require innovative reliable control architectures. These needs require new ideas for turbine engine controls, employing the next generation computing, communication hardware and advanced sensors. Turbine engine control research includes implementation, control theory, algorithms, sensors and transducers.
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