This contribution addresses the possibility of exploiting the temperature dependency of piezoresistive sensors as a temperature measurement per se. This requires the characterization of the sensor, or the probe as a temperature probe, i.e. determination of the recovery factor between the sensor temperature and the flow temperature. This temperature calibration as well as the determination of the thermal response time was performed for two probe geometries: a high temperature flush-mounted and a low temperature sub-surface mounted single sensor total pressure probe, both with a probe head diameter of 2.5 mm.
Two applications are reported. The first application was performed with the flush-mounted sensor probe in the high-speed 3 1/2-stage axial compressor CREATE tested in the 2 MW test rig of LMFA at École Centrale de Lyon, in France. The probes were traversed at each inter-row section up to temperatures of 180°C and an absolute pressure of 3 bar. The second application was performed with the sub-surface mounted sensor probe in the high-speed single stage R-4 compressor test rig of the von Karman Institute in Belgium. Both applications have shown results in extremely good agreement with simultaneous total temperature measurements with a Kiel type thermocouple probe. They also underline the necessity of a very accurate temperature calibration.
Finally, considering the fact that a simultaneous temperature measurement can be obtained at the same location as the pressure measurement from the sensor, it is possible to derive entropy generation after a blade row, based on the average pressure and temperature quantities. This unveils another extremely interesting aspect of using the fast response probe technique in turbomachinery applications.