The Basics of the Aerospace Pressure Transducer for Flight Testing
Many of us have traveled via plane at some point in our lives. Even if you’ve never set foot on a plane, you’re likely to have seen them throughout your life. No matter if you have flown before or not, most of us can agreed we never really spent a whole lot of time thinking about how they work. Keeping a plane, or any aircraft for that matter, in the air is a complicated process that relies on specific equipment. A pressure transducer is one piece of equipment that is involved in the flight process of all aircrafts.
More specifically, a certain type of transducer is used during the building phase of the aircraft, before the aircraft construction is complete, when the flight testing is in process. This specialized piece of equipment involved in this testing process is called an aerospace pressure transducer, which we offer here at Validyne.
How Do They Work?
Pressure transducers can also be known as transmitters, senders, indicators, piezometers, and manometers. Regardless of the name, the function is essentially the same. The device works to convert one form of energy to another. It usually converts a signal in one form of energy to a signal in a different form. An aerospace pressure transducer can come in many different product families depending on its application.
There is a lot of industry-specific material out there about pressure transducers and the aerospace industry. If you want to read up on the subject, here are a few key terms to keep in mind:
- Range: the minimum through maximum pressures you can accurately measure with a transducer
- Over-range capability: the maximum magnitude or pressure that you can apply to a transducer without causing a performance change
- Burst pressure: the fluid pressure at which mechanical failure or fluid leakage from the transducer can be expected.
- FSO: also known as full-scale output, the variation in the output signals as the transducer performs over a calibrated range from minimum to max pressure at a specific temperature
- Zero unbalance: the residual output of an excited transducer with no applied pressure
The Aerospace Industry
At Validyne, we carry pressure transducers that can serve the flight testing needs of the aerospace industry. Aerospace pressure transducers serve testing purposes in the final procedure before an aircraft is done being manufactured. Before the airplane is finalized, the transducers are removed from the aircraft, which can be ready for commercial or private takeoff.
For more information about our highly accurate and dependable pressure transducers, contact Validyne today.
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