A Review of Research on Tip-Timing and Tip Clearance Measurement Technology

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Automation,Liaoning University of Technology,Jinzhou

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    Turbine blades will fail due to fatigue fracture caused by vibration at high-speed rotation, resulting in damage to rotating machinery. Blade tip-timing measurement technology is the most promising non-contact blade vibration real-time monitoring method. At the same time, the change of the blade tip clearance is closely related to the vibration state of the blade. Therefore, real-time monitoring of blade vibration state and blade tip clearance is the key to ensure the safe, stable, and reliable operation of rotating machinery. The principles of blade tip-timing and blade tip clearance measurement technology and the research results in domestic and international are summarized are systematically reviewed. It is clarified that the current research is still in the incomplete maturity stage of simulation and experimental measurement, and the prospects of their development are provided. It is pointed out that future research on blade tip-timing and tip clearance measurement technology can be carried out in the following aspects. 1) Combining blade tip-timing and tip clearance measurement technology to achieve blade vibration measurement; 2) Conducting asynchronous blade vibration measurement without the once per revolution (OPR) sensor method and putting it into engineering application; 3) Developing an effective dynamic calibration scheme to measure the relationship between the output voltage and the blade tip clearance when the blade is rotating; 4) Developing the sensors capable of high-precision and long-period measurements in harsh environments.

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  • Received:May 13,2021
  • Revised:September 08,2021
  • Adopted:September 09,2021
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