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April 2019

Sensor Coating Systems and NPL collaborate to improve temperature measurements

Sensor Coating System (SCS) has been awarded an Innovate UK grant under the A4I (Analysis for Innovators) program to collaborate with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).


The funding was provided through the Government’s modern industrial strategy by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. The aim is the development of a new standard light source to enhance thermal measurements based on temperature memory materials.


This will be beneficial to enable improved measurements on gas turbine parts for power generation, jet engines or for automotive parts. Consequently, this will improve cost efficiency and lower emissions.


“The team at SCS is very enthusiastic about working collaboratively with the National Physical Laboratories. A successful project will enable us to standardize specific aspects of our measurement technology. Hence this will improve our service offering globally by improving temperature measurement accuracy,” said Dr Jörg Feist, SCS, Managing Director.


This short-term project runs under the A4I scheme of Innovate UK. This allows small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to link up with large UK research institutes such as the National Physical Laboratories to collaboratively work on measurement challenges.


The project will address a measurement challenge identified by SCS during the development of its thermal history technology. The combined resources of SCS and NPL will allow to develop a standard Thermal History Technology aimed at reducing uncertainty and improve repeatability. The advances will enable the technology to be used globally with improved results.


The technology delivers valuable temperature data inside machinery where other technologies can’t be applied. Areas of application for this technology for temperature measurement include automotive and aerospace industry as well as power generation and industrial processes.

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