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Optical wear monitoring

United States Patent

July 26, 2016
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A gas turbine includes first and second parts having outer surfaces located adjacent to each other to create an interface where wear occurs. A wear probe is provided for monitoring wear of the outer surface of the first part, and includes an optical guide having first and second ends, wherein the first end is configured to be located flush with the outer surface of the first part. A fiber bundle includes first and second ends, the first end being located proximate to the second end of the optical guide. The fiber bundle includes a transmit fiber bundle comprising a first plurality of optical fibers coupled to a light source, and a receive fiber bundle coupled to a light detector and configured to detect reflected light. A processor is configured to determine a length of the optical guide based on the detected reflected light.
Kidane; Getnet S. (Orlando, FL), Desilva; Upul P. (Oviedo, FL), He; Chengli (Orlando, FL), Ulerich; Nancy H. (Longwood, FL)
13/ 688,299
November 29, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED DEVELOPMENT Development for this invention was supported in part by Contract No. DE-NT0006833, awarded by the United States Department of Energy. Accordingly, the United States Government may have certain rights in this invention.