Condition-Based Monitoring of Turbine Blades Demonstrated in H-Class or Equivalent Engine


Overview of Real-Time, High-Accuracy Remote<br/>Monitoring of Rotating Turbo-Machinery
Overview of Real-Time, High-Accuracy Remote
Monitoring of Rotating Turbo-Machinery
Siemens Energy, Inc.
Website:  Siemens Energy Inc.
Award Number:  FE0005666
Project Duration:  10/01/2010 – 03/31/2014
Total Award Value:  $1,681,841
DOE Share:  $1,191,552
Performer Share:  $490,289
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies
Key Technology: 
Location:  Orlando, Florida

Project Description

This program will develop a potentially industry changing technology to build smart, self-aware engine components that incorporate embedded, harsh-environment-capable sensors and high temperature capable wireless telemetry systems for continuously monitoring component condition in both the compressor and turbine sections. The program will result in a sensor suite that combines fast area sensors (such as IR cameras, tip-timing) with point sensors (such as thermally sprayed thermocouples, dynamic strain gauges connected to wireless transmitters) to enable a real-time high accuracy, remote monitoring of rotating turbo-machinery.

Project Benefits

This project will develop a sensor suite to enable real-time, high-accuracy, remote monitoring of rotating turbomachinery and help achieve ~10% turbine system efficiency gain by combining fast area sensors with point sensors connected to wireless transmitters. Real-time, high-accuracy remote monitoring of rotating turbo-machinery will transform how land-based turbines are designed, optimized, operated, and maintained.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Barbara Carney:
Technology Manager 
Robert Romanosky:
Principal Investigator 
Joshua Mcconkey:

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