Jet engine testing

Reliable and stable operation of jet engines is crucial for safety. A jet engine undergoes several measuring campaigns throughout its lifecycle to prove that it meets all the requirements.

During the R&D phase, vibration and pressure pulsation measurements in hot environments up to 700°C (1 300°F) supply important information about the operating condition of the jet engine. This provides the engineering team with the basis for further developments. 

This particular type of testing is performed after manufacture and also after any major overhaul work. Later in the jet engine's lifetime, for example, the same high-temperature sensors are used in an end-of-line performance test to verify proper functioning of the engine.

Kistler's proprietary single-crystal PiezoStar sensing elements are the basis for the superior performance of our ultra-high temperature pressure and acceleration sensors. They have been thoroughly tested at well over 700 °C (1 300 °F). Unlike ceramic-based sensor elements, they are not pyroelectric and show no popcorn effect. This guarantees reliable and stable results over temperature and time.

The internal isolated ground effectively interrupts any ground loop. At the same time, the differential design ensures maximum resilience against electromagnetic interferences. High-quality signals with low noise levels are the direct result.

The measuring chain is specifically designed for longtime applications in harsh environments – as proven by Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and application-based experience.

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