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Using a Lubrication Test Bench for Testing New Oil Quality Sensors

[+] Author Affiliations
Olivier Berten, Patrick Hendrick

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

Alberto Villar

Tekniker-ik4, Eibar, Spain

David Seveno

University of Mons, Mons, Belgium

Paper No. GT2013-94980, pp. V002T01A017; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Aircraft Engine; Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Cycle Innovations
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 3–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5513-3
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The Université Libre de Bruxelles/ Aero-Thermo-Mechanics Department (ULB/ATM) has developed a flow bench used to mimic the complete behaviour of an aircraft gas turbine engine lubrication system.

This test bench has been improved to be fully instrumented and is really multi-purposes in order to test different lubrication devices in the supply circuit (pure oil) or in the scavenge part (two-phase flow) simulating real flight conditions (oil flow rate, oil temperature and pressure…).

The paper will first present the characteristics of the lubrication test bench and its capabilities.

In a second part, it will be presented the integration and the test results of two different types of sensors into the lubrication test bench. One sensor is based on measuring the change in frequency of a quartz crystal resonator. The other one is composed of two optical sensors, which are able to monitor different properties of the oil and also to detect particles in the oil.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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