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Chordal Height Gage for Aerospace Applications

The L.S. Starrett Co. has introduced a custom designed and manufactured Chordal Height Gage (a.k.a. DO Gage) to be used for measuring the opening heights of turbine vanes at specific locations to verify that an aircraft engine will get proper air flow. The new Chordal Height Gage is part of the Starrett line of special area flow gauges.

"Generally, to take turbine area flow measurements, an operator must take the nozzle off the production line and bring it to an automated inspection machine, such as a CMM. However, the special Chordal Height Gage allows for rapid in-process verification of these parts, eliminating time lost on additional teardown and set-up of machinery," said Kyle Webber, Starrett Special Gage Division Engineer.

The size of the Chordal Height Gage is determined based on the specific application it will be used on, and the new gauge is no larger than a tissue box. Despite the small footprint of the gauge, it has three independent probes that are used to take measurements, including a free-floating central gauge body that allows the middle probe to take accurate readings along the trailing edge, regardless of the variable contours which are often on these nozzles.

The gauge is built in a "Lazy-L" shape to enable linear readings to be taken perpendicular to the trailing edge of the blades, giving a dimension for the smallest opening that air can flow through. These features help contribute to the accuracy and repeatability of the Chordal Height Gage, which is within 0.0005", although the indicator readouts are generally set to a 0.001" resolution, per customer requirements.

For more information contact:

The L.S. Starrett Company

121 Crescent St.

Athol, MA 01331

888-674-7443 / 978-249-3551

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