1974-02-01

On-Line Calibration of High-Response Pressure Transducers During Jet-Engine Testing 740825

Current jet engine testing is concerned with the effect of inlet pressure and temperature distortions on engine performance and involves the use of numerous miniature pressure transducers. Despite recent improvements in the manufacture of miniature pressure transducers, they still exhibit sensitivity change and zero shift with temperature and time. To obtain meaningful data, a calibration system is needed to determine these changes. A system has been developed which provides for computer selection of appropriate reference pressures selected from nine different sources to provide a two- or three-point calibration. Calibrations are made on command, before and sometimes after each data point. A unique “no leak” matrix valve design is used in the reference-pressure system. Zero-shift corrections are measured and the values are automatically inserted into the data reduction program.

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