Abstract

Presented in this paper are the results of preliminary experiments carried out for monitoring of plasma nozzle wear. The experiment system consists of two microphones, one accelerometer and voltage measurement. In the experiment, three nozzles were tested, new, used and worn. The test results show clearly the difference in acoustic characteristics with wear in the nozzle. Some observations obtained from the experiment include: 1) the microphone mounted at 45° may be the best choice for nozzle wear monitoring; 2) voltage signal could be used with the 45° microphone as an indicator for severe nozzle wear; 3) vibration signal is not as sensitive to nozzle wear as 45° microphone and voltage signal; and 4) the 90° microphone is insensitive to nozzle wear.

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