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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally funded research and development center in the City of Pasadena, California, United States. Founded in 1936 by Caltech researchers, the laboratory is now owned and sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and administrated and managed by the California Institute of Technology. The laboratory's primary function is the construction and operation of planetary robotic spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions. It is also responsible for operating the NASA Deep Space Network. Among the laboratory's major active projects are the Mars 2020 mission, which includes the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity Mars helicopter; the Mars Science Laboratory mission, including the Curiosity rover; the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; the Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter; the SMAP satellite for earth surface soil moisture monitoring; the NuSTAR X-ray telescope; and the forthcoming Psyche asteroid orbiter
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Accelerometer and Pit Counting Detection of Cavitation Erosion on a Laboratory Jet and a Large Francis Turbine

The two techniques, vibratory monitoring and pit counting, show promising results for the prediction of prototype cavitation erosion from model tests of Francis turbines. These cavitation detection methods are compared in two set-ups at different power levels, a laboratory high velocity cavitation jet and a full scale 270 MW Francis turbine. Excellent quantitative correlations are obtained in the jet tests between erosion rate, volume pitting rate measured on polished metal surfaces of different hardness with a laser profilometer and the mean square value of forces on the eroded specimen inferred from measurements with a high frequency accelerometer on the specimen holder. On the large prototype good coherent results are also obtained but the vibratory information requires much finer analysis. In particular the varying erosive cavitation intensity with power output level is well detected by both methods. The two cavitation detection techniques exhibit great dynamic range and can prove very useful in characterizing the erosive aggressiveness of cavitating flow both in large machines and in reduced scale models.
International Association For Hydraulic Research1994

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