The development of semi-conductor sensors particularly aimed at gas turbine technology applications is outlined. Methods of manufacture and means of utilising some of the inherent advantages of this type of sensor are discussed.
A novel technique, where miniature sensors are attached directly to the surface where the measurement is required, is described. This technique combines a high surface density of measurement points with a high frequency response capability. Detailed tests of the sensor’s performance have been conducted and results obtained using this technology are presented. The performance tests include frequency response, base strain sensitivity, g sensitivity, and software temperature compensation schemes.
Finally, possible future applications for these techniques in gas turbine technology are outlined.