Through the use of MetalSCAN, it is now possible to monitor the progression of this damage on-line and to provide multi-level warning to maintenance and operations organizations before failure occurs.
Originally developed for the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter engine, MetalSCAN is now available in versions for a range of propulsor systems including propulsion pods, thrusters, and waterjets. The product provides state-of-the-art bearing and gear protection and health monitoring for these highly loaded critical devices that incorporate a range of rolling element bearings and gears.
The MetalSCAN sensor is installed in the full-flow of the propulsor lubrication system in a suitable location ahead of the system filter. The sensor’s signal conditioning electronics can be interfaced through the propulsion monitoring system, health monitoring system, or it can be implemented in a standalone configuration depending on the ship’s monitoring system architecture.