Is Your Engine Weary?

May 1, 2006 By: Stephanie vL Henkel, Sensors Sensors

Scientists at the University of Manchester, U.K., are developing a new type of wireless sensor to remotely monitor mechanical parts and systems and allow predictions of breakdowns in advance of failure. Aimed at the machinery and transport markets, the sensors will fit inside gearboxes, motors, diesel engines, wheel bearings, and door mechanisms where troubles can arise. The MEMS sensor will monitor parameters such as vibration, temperature, and pressure. It could also be placed inside other machinery to measure concentrations of metallic elements created through wear and tear so that the expected lifetime of the part could be calculated.

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