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Creep life management system for a turbine engine and method of operating the same

United States Patent

9,494,490
November 15, 2016
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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)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
13/ 585,194
20140052410
August 14, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT 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.