Performance Evaluation of a Rake Used for Measuring Total Pressure and Total Temperature Inside an Engine Inlet Duct
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute runs the ground-based Altitude Engine Test Facility (AETF) for simulating high-altitude environments. This facility is widely used to test the performance of gas turbine engines at ground level to high altitudes. When engine performance is tested in the AETF, total pressure and total temperature of airflow can be measured using rakes in a duct directly connected to the engine inlet. The total pressure and total temperature of airflow into an engine are the main factors affecting the thrust and specific fuel consumption rate of the engine. Furthermore, the total pressure and total temperature at the engine inlet are used as the main reference values when operating test equipment to determine the airflow rate and temperature corresponding to the performance test conditions of the engine. The performance evaluation of the rake used to measure this is crucial. Accordingly, in this study, to improve the accuracy of the total pressure and total temperature values measured using rakes, their total pressure coefficient and total temperature recovery factor are measured, and the measurement uncertainty of the total temperature recovery factor is evaluated.
KeywordsAltitude engine test facility Engine inlet duct Rake Kiel combination probe
This work was supported by “Test and Evaluation Facilities Operation for Aeronautical Vehicles” of Korea Aerospace Research Institute (grand No. FR 19843).
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