Integrating and Embedding Sensors Through Additive Manufacturing
Integrated advanced sensors with additive manufacturing
Gas turbine manufacturers are actively embracing additively manufactured parts to accelerate engine development times and to achieve higher efficiency targets. In alignment with START Lab interests, the combination of printed components using metal additive manufacturing with embedded sensing technologies opens up new opportunities for further increasing efficiencies in these complex energy systems, while simultaneously enabling real-time component health monitoring. A current effort in the START Lab is supported by ARPA-E in partnership with United Technologies Research Center, CVD Mesoscribe, Siemens, and Georgia Tech. For this project, a series of integrated sensors will measure temperature, heat flux, and strain on complex additively manufactured hot section components operated in extreme gas turbine environments.