For the purpose of assessing combustion effects in a small gas turbine engine, there was a requirement to evaluate the rotating temperature and dynamic characteristics of the power turbine rotor module. This assessment required measurements be taken within the engine, during operation up to maximum power, using rotor mounted thermocouples and strain gauges. The acquisition of this data necessitated the use of a telemetry system that could be integrated into the existing engine architecture without affecting performance. As a result of space constraints, housing of the telemetry module was limited to placement in a hot section. To tolerate the high temperature environment, a cooling system was developed as part of the integration effort to maintain telemetry module temperatures within the limit allowed by the electronics. Finite element thermal analysis was used to guide the design of the cooling system. This was to ensure that sufficient airflow was introduced and appropriately distributed to cool the telemetry cavity, and hence electronics, without affecting the performance of the engine. Presented herein is a discussion of the telemetry system, instrumentation design philosophy, cooling system design and verification, and sample of the results acquired through successful execution of the full engine test program.

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