Abstract

We propose an all-fiber, self-calibrating, economical probe that is capable of near-real-time, single-port, simultaneous blade-to-blade tip-clearance measurements with submillimeter accuracy (typically <100 µm, absolute) in the first stages of a gas turbine. Our probe relies on the interference between backreflected light from the blade tips during the 1µs blade passage time and a frequency-shifted reference with variable time delay, making use of a low-coherence light source. A single optical fiber of arbitrary length connects the self-contained optics and electronics to the turbine.

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