Gardon gauge heat flux sensor verification by new working facility

C. Purpura, E. Trifoni, O. Petrella, L. Marciano, M. Musto*, G. Rotondo

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In the present paper, a novel working standard for metrological verification of Gardon gauge (Gg) is presented. The authors propose to couple the radiative and convective thermal sources in order to achieve high values of thermal flux. This is particularly important for those laboratories where high heat flux values have to be measured, such as on ground test facilities for the simulation of spacecraft re-entry. These test facilities, frequently, have the need to verify their Gardon gauges through working standards, before each running test. Unfortunately, the common Black Body temperature does not allow to reach the desired heat flux values to verify these kinds of probe. The proposed working standard, instead, allows to achieve heat flux values higher than those reachable with only the radiative flux emitted by the Black Body, of at least one order of magnitude. The experimental tests have shown high repeatability of the measurements; this proves the feasibility of this kind of verification technique. In addition, the authors have assembled a further working standard to evaluate the reproducibility of the proposed technique. In fact, the low values of compatibility index (less than 1) indicate that the proposed technique has also a satisfactory reproducibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-252
Number of pages8
JournalMeasurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes


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