Model of a Light Extinction Sensor for Assessing Wear Particle Distribution in a Lubricated Oil System

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Light extinction based optical wear particle counters (OPCs) have been widely used in the industry for oil condition monitoring for several years, and while experiments have tested the benefits and drawbacks of the measurement principle, limited research has been conducted regarding a theoretical approach to evaluate opportunities and limitations of the measurement scheme. In this paper, we present a method for theoretically modelling the output of an OPC based on the light extinction principle in the regime of geometrical optics, with a special focus on the influence of sensor optical design, particle concentration and measurement noise. Moreover, we show that, if only signal amplitude is considered, an algorithm for evaluating sensor output can cause an erroneous assessment of particle contamination level.

TidsskriftSensors (Basel, Switzerland)
StatusUdgivet - 22 nov. 2018