Luminescent Paints for Pressure and Temperature Measurements

  • James H. Bell
  • Timothy J. Bencic


Designers in a variety of fields require knowledge about temperature and pressure distributions across surfaces, but this requirement is especially acute for aerospace engineers. Detailed knowledge about pressure distributions, transition between laminar and turbulent flows, cooling flow properties, and more make the difference between successful and unsuccessful aircraft and spacecraft. For decades, test engineers have instrumented wind tunnel models with discrete, electronic pressure transducers and thermocouples to make as many measurements as they could afford. Aircraft design programs require models with many hundreds of individual pressure taps; engine design programs require similar numbers of thermocouples. Highly instrumented models can take skilled laborers months to prepare, yielding high costs for these data. Yet the costs are paid because of the criticality of the measurements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James H. Bell
    • 1
  • Timothy J. Bencic
    • 2
  1. 1.Ames Research CenterNational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationUSA
  2. 2.Glenn Research CenterNational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationUSA

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