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Turbomachine monitoring system and method

United States Patent

February 23, 2016
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In an embodiment, a system includes a turbomachine having a first turbomachine component including a first mechanoluminescent material. The first turbomachine component is configured to produce a first light emission upon exposure to a mechanical stimulus sufficient to cause mechanoluminescence by the first mechanoluminescent material. The system also includes a turbomachine monitoring system configured to monitor the structural health of the first component based on detection of the first light emission.
Delvaux; John McConnell (Fountain Inn, SC)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
13/ 535,319
June 27, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with United States Government support under Contract No. DE-FC26-05NT42643 between the General Electric Company and the United States Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in the invention.