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Surface Temperature Measurements from a Stator Vane Doublet in a Turbine Engine Afterburner Flame Using a YAG:Tm Thermographic PhosphorLuminescence-based surface temperature measurements were obtained from a YAG:Tm-coated stator vane doublet exposed to the afterburner flame of a J85 test engine at University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI). The objective of the testing was to demonstrate that reliable surface temperatures based on luminescence decay of a thermographic phosphor producing short-wavelength emission could be obtained from the surface of an actual engine component in a high gas velocity, highly radiative afterburner flame environment. YAG:Tm was selected as the thermographic phosphor for its blue emission at 456 nm (1D23F4 transition) and UV emission at 365 nm (1D23H6 transition) because background thermal radiation is lower at these wavelengths, which are shorter than those of many previously used thermographic phosphors. Luminescence decay measurements were acquired using a probe designed to operate in the afterburner flame environment. The probe was mounted on the sidewall of a high-pressure turbine vane doublet from a Honeywell TECH7000 turbine engine coated with a standard electron-beam physical vapor deposited (EB-PVD) 200-m-thick TBC composed of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) onto which a 25-m-thick YAG:Tm thermographic phosphor layer was deposited by solution precursor plasma spray (SPPS). Spot temperature measurements were obtained by measuring luminescence decay times at different afterburner power settings and then converting decay time to temperature via calibration curves. Temperature measurements using the decays of the 456 and 365 nm emissions are compared. While successful afterburner environment measurements were obtained to about 1300C with the 456 nm emission, successful temperature measurements using the 365 nm emission were limited to about 1100C due to interference by autofluorescence of probe optics at short decay times.
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Document Type
Eldridge, J. I.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Walker, D. G.
(Vanderbilt Univ. Nashville, TN, United States)
Gollub, S. L.
(Vanderbilt Univ. Nashville, TN, United States)
Jenkins, T. P.
(MetroLasers, Inc. Laguna Hills, CA, United States)
Allison, S. W.
(Emerging Measurements Knoxville, TN, United States)
Date Acquired
November 17, 2015
Publication Date
May 11, 2015
Subject Category
Aircraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
International Instrumentation Symposium(Huntsville, AL)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 109492.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
thermographic phosphor
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