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Development and Validation of an On-Wing Engine Thrust Measurement System

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Marc Bauer, Jens Friedrichs, Detlev Wulff

Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

Christian Werner-Spatz

Lufthansa Technik AG, Hamburg, Germany

Paper No. GT2017-63277, pp. V001T01A005; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Fans and Blowers; Marine; Honors and Awards
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5077-0
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Maintenance on aircraft engines is usually performed on an on-condition basis. Monitoring the engine condition during operation is an important prerequisite to provide efficient maintenance. Engine Condition Monitoring (ECM) has thus become a standard procedure during operation. One of the most important parameters, the engine thrust, is not directly measured, however, and can therefore not be monitored, which makes it difficult to distinguish whether deteriorating trends e.g. in fuel comsumption must be attributed to the engine (e.g. due to thermodynamic wear) or to the aircraft (e.g. due to increased drag). Being able to make this distinction would improve troubleshooting and maintenance planning and thus help to reduce the cost of ownership of an aircraft. As part of the research project APOSEM (Advanced Prediction of Severity effects on Engine Maintenance), Lufthansa Technik (LHT) and the Institute of Jet Propulsion and Turbomachinery of Technische Universität Braunschweig develop a method for direct measurement of engine thrust during the operation. In this paper, the design process of the On-Wing (OW) Measurement System is presented, including the validation in labratory tests, the mechanical and thermal calibration as well as the final ground test during an engine test run at LHT test cell and the work on the flight test certification.

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