Industry is undergoing a global transformation that will have a dramatic impact on the way electricity is used and produced.  The power generation infrastructure is moving toward a more sustainable footprint and the machines used in industry will be pushed to new heights of efficiency.  To meet these twenty first century challenges engineers will need twenty first century tools for design and design validation.  High definition fiber optic sensing (HD-FOS) is a twenty first century design tool for twenty first century challenges.

Renewables

RenewablesFocusing on Advanced Composites for Wind Turbine Blade Design

In order to capture more power from the wind, wind turbine blades are increasing in length.  Turbine blades are made with composite materials and undergo significant strain when turbines are operating at full power.  HD-FOS sensors can be installed on the surface of the blade or embedded within during fabrication and provide turbine blade strain data under load or during the manufacturing and curing process.  Read more.

 

 

 

 

Gas Turbine

Gas_turbineNew High Temperature Composite Materials for Gas Turbine Blade Design

Higher gas turbine efficiency means higher combustion gas temperatures.  Historically these temperatures have been limited by the materials used for the turbine blade.  Advances in ceramic composite materials have opened new possibilities for blade design.  HD-FOS, with it’s ability to provide high defintion strain data under high temperature conditions is an excellent tool for engineers developing the next generation of gas turbine blades.

 

 

 Nuclear

NuclearA Robust Sensor is Needed for the Most Challenging of Environments

Nuclear power plants are one of the most challenging measurements environments and fiber optic sensing is well suited for applications in Nuclear.

 

 

 

 

Oil & Gas

Oil_GasHigh Definition Fiber Sensing for Multiple Applications in Oil & Gas

High definition fiber optic sensing is ideally suited for measuring temperature gradients in the reactors and heat exchangers used in small scale chemical processing pilot plants.  For the refining and chemical processing market fiber optic sensing is corrosion resistant and introduces no ignition source.