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CREEP LIFE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR A TURBINE ENGINE AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

United States Patent Application

*** PATENT GRANTED ***
20140052410
9,494,490
A1
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A creep life management system includes at least one sensor apparatus coupled to a first component. The at least one sensor apparatus is configured with a unique identifier. The creep life management system also includes at least one reader unit coupled to a second component. The at least one reader unit is configured to transmit an interrogation request signal to the at least one sensor apparatus and receive a measurement response signal transmitted from the at least one sensor apparatus. The creep life management system further includes at least one processor programmed to determine a real-time creep profile of the first component as a function of the measurement response signal transmitted from the at least one sensor apparatus.
Tralshawala, Nilesh (Rexford, NY), Miller, Harold Edward (Glenville, NY), Badami, Vivek Venugopal (Schenectady, NY), Vittal, Sameer (Atlanta, GA), Sexton, Daniel White (Niskayuna, NY)
13/ 585,194
August 14, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FC26-05NT42643 awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE). The Government has certain rights in this invention.