A Fast-Response High Spatial Resolution Total Temperature Probe Using a Pulsed Heating Technique PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
D. R. Buttsworth, T. V. Jones

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Paper No. 97-GT-301, pp. V004T15A023; 8 pages
  • ASME 1997 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 4: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; IGTI Scholar Award
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, June 2–5, 1997
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7871-2
  • Copyright © 1997 by ASME


This paper discusses the operation of a fast-response total temperature probe based on transient thin film heat flux gauge technology. The probe utilizes two thin film gauges located close to the stagnation point of a hemispherically-blunted fused quartz cylinder. Development of the present total temperature probe was motivated by the need for a fast-response device with a high spatial resolution. The diameter of the probe was 2.8 mm and the two films were separated by a distance of less than 1 mm. Measurement of the flow total temperature requires the films to operate at different temperatures. In the present work, the temperature difference was generated using a current pulse (approximately 70 mA with a duration of around 1 s) to heat one of the thin film resistance gauges. With this technique, temperature differences between the hot and cold films of around 120 K were achieved. The interpretation of the transient surface temperature measurements is discussed, and the validity and utility of the technique are demonstrated with reference to total temperature and convective heat transfer coefficient measurements in a compressible free jet. The results demonstrate that accurate total temperature and convective heat transfer coefficient measurements with high spatial and temporal resolution can be obtained with the present device.

Copyright © 1997 by ASME
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