Through the use of MetalSCAN, it is now possible to detect early damage, monitor the progression of this damage, and provide multi-level warnings to maintenance and operations organizations before failure occurs, on-line and in-operation.
Originally developed for the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter engine, MetalSCAN is now available in versions for a range of aero-derivative gas turbine applications including engines from GE, Rolls-Royce, and Pratt & Whitney. The product provides state-of-the-art bearing and gear protection and health monitoring for aero-derivative gas turbine engines which incorporate rolling element bearings derived from their aviation engine pedigree.
The MetalSCAN sensor is installed in the full-flow of the lubrication system in a suitable location ahead of the system filter. The sensor’s signal conditioning electronics can be interfaced through the engine controller, facility digital control system (DCS) or health monitoring system, or it can be implemented in a standalone configuration depending on the facility monitoring architecture.