Variable reluctance proximity sensors for cryogenic valve position indication
- Cloyd, R. A.
- Jul 1, 1982.
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- A test was conducted to determine the performance of a variable reluctance proximity sensor system when installed in a space shuttle external tank vent/relief valve. The sensors were used as position indicators. The valve and sensors were cycled through a series of thermal transients; while the valve was being opened and closed pneumatically, the sensor's performance was being monitored. During these thermal transients, the vent valve was cooled ten times by liquid nitrogen and two times by liquid hydrogen. It was concluded that the sensors were acceptable replacements for the existing mechanical switches. However, the sensors need a mechanical override for the target similar to what is presently used with the mechanical switches. This override could insure contact between sensor and target and eliminate any problems of actuation gap growth caused by thermal gradients.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19830002154., Accession ID: 83N10424., NAS 1.15:82493., and NASA-TM-82493.
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