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Embedded wireless sensors for turbomachine component defect monitoring

United States Patent

November 24, 2015
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Various embodiments include detection systems adapted to monitor at least one physical property of a component in a turbomachine. In some embodiments a detection system includes at least one sensor configured to be affixed to a component of a turbomachine, the at least one sensor for sensing information regarding at least one physical property of the turbomachine component during operation of the turbomachine, a signal converter communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor and at least one RF communication device configured to be affixed to a stationary component of the turbomachine, the radio frequency communication device configured to communicate with the at least one signal converter via an RF antenna coupled to the signal converter.
Tralshawala; Nilesh (Rexford, NY), Sexton; Daniel White (Niskayuna, NY)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
14/ 271,622
May 7, 2014
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FC26-05NT42643, awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government of the United States of America has certain rights in the invention.