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Transitioning Gas Turbine Instrumentation from Test Cells to On-Board Applications

Special issue call for papers from Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

Guest edited by:

Radoslaw Przysowa
ITWL – Air Force Institute of Technology
[email protected]

Raymond Harvey NISKA
Gas Turbine Instrumentation Technical Consultant
[email protected]

Aims and Scope

New or improved technologies for sensing at high engine operating temperatures and making measurements are introduced. These may include; monitoring of vibration, mass flow, fuel properties, exhaust gas composition, engine temperature, vibration, engine dynamic pressure, and gas path debris monitoring. Unlike other publications on gas turbine instrumentation, the submitted papers aim to emphasise the sensor and measurement system maturation, standardization, and transitioning and engine integration. The objective is  deliver solutions that seldom generate false alarms and contribute to reducing unscheduled inspections, while avoiding or warning of premature degradation or component failure.

This special issue will review advances in gas-turbine instrumentation and recommend routes to transition onto engine platforms. Best practices for maturing and ruggedizing instrumentation for key engine applications will be promoted. The community will learn of  sensors and measurement technologies that can be readily transitioned into on-board applications. Their implementation will  enable safe and efficient operation of modern gas turbine engines throughout their life and adapt to changing internal and external environments by providing “optimum” achievable performance based on operation mode and current condition.

Topics covered

NB: The following topics are indicative and not exhaustive. Papers on other topics under the main theme are welcome.

  • Implementation, certification and exploitation of recent EHM/PHM, BHM and active control systems
  • Sensors and measurement system development and implementation
  • Active control of components in the gas path
  • New capabilities enabled by advanced non-intrusive sensors
  • Models, algorithms and data analysis methodologies used to predict remaining life or performance losses
  • Ensuring sensor reliability and performance
  • High temperature electronics and instrumentation


Final submission: 12th November 2018

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Each paper will be reviewed by the guest editors and, if judged suitable for this publication, then sent to at least two independent referees for double-blind peer review.

More information about the subject of the special issue:

New instrumentation technologies are required to enable safe and efficient operation of modern engines throughout their life and adapt to changing internal and external environments by providing “optimum” achievable performance based on operation mode and current condition.

Measurement technology improvements can be made in areas that will increase confidence in engine design tools and enhance performance in the field. Applications of advanced gas turbine engine instrumentation systems could include:

  • Inlet - flow distortion, separation, and noise,
  • Fan - High cycle fatigue (HCF) and blade tip losses,
  • Compressor - aero losses, HCF, surge and stall margin,
  • Combustor - instabilities, flow path temperature distribution, hot streaks, and emissions,
  • Turbines - cooling losses, HCF, aerofoil durability, coating spallation,
  • Exhaust - acoustic emissions.

Research for advanced turbine engine sensing could include:

  • packaging of electronics,
  • ruggedization of sensing apparatus and supporting electronics,
  • miniaturization of electronics,
  • monitoring sensor health and updating calibration,
  • noise filtering algorithms,
  • novel sensing approaches (e.g. hyperspectral, nuclear, acoustic).

This call for papers is organized by the Members of the AVT-306 Programme Committee sponsored by the Applied Vehicle Panel of NATO Science and Technology Organization. The special issue will include some papers presented during Specialists' Meeting AVT-306/RSM-050 on Transitioning Gas Turbine Instrumentation from Test Cells to On-Vehicle Applications, to be held in Athens, Greece, 10-12 December 2018.