Aeroprobe Corporation entwickelt und erzeugt Staudrucksonden für verschiedenste Anwendungen bis hin zu dazu passende Datenerfassungssysteme,
Software, Traversierung und Air Data Computer für unbemannte Flugobjekte.
Die Sonden und Systeme werden hauptsächlich in der aerodynamischen und hydrodynamischen Forschung eingesetzt.
Aeroprobe bietet für die jeweiligen Sonden Kalibration und Datenreduktion an,
sodass man mit der AeroFlow Software die Daten einfach aufnehmen und darstellen kann.
Spezielle FRAP (Fast-Response Aero Probes) mit integrierten Miniatur - Druckaufnehmern können auch hohe Frequenzen bis 2,5kHz bei hohen Turbulenzen erfassen.
Die Sonden sind robust, und einfach zu handhaben; der Einsatz erstreckt sich vom Labor bis hin zur industriellen Anwendung.
A conventional probe is comprised of a single cylindrical body with five or seven holes at its tip. The holes are connected internally, to pressure-sensing equipment. When the probe is placed in the flow, the pressures recorded from each port can be interpreted by our software to determine both the velocity magnitude and direction with respect to the probe. These conventional probes can be manufactured in a large variety of custom geometries and sizes as small as 1.0 mm in tip diameter. The maximum incidence angle of these probes is about 60° for a five-hole probe, and 70° for a seven-hole probe. The probes are capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 150 °C (for higher-temperature applications see below), and can return a frequency response of up to 100 Hz. For applications requiring a higher frequency-response, special probes are available as discussed below. Typical probe geometries are straight, L-shaped, and Cobra-shaped. The tips can be made conical, faceted or hemispherical.
Data reduction with an air-data probe requires no specialized software and is simple enough to be performed in real-time by an on-board computer or telemetry system. Unlike our conventional probes, the air-data probes are limited to incidence angles of about 20°, but feature a ring of static ports that eliminate the need for a separate Pitot-static tube. They are more accurate than conventional probes and provide a similar frequency response. They can be heated internally for use on a high-altitude Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
Unlike our conventional probes, these probes have pressure-sensors embedded in the body of the instrument to eliminate the attenuation of the high-frequency part of the signal, common to all external sensor probes. In addition, the probe is acoustically calibrated to correct even for the miniscule attenuation caused by the short internal tubing. These probes have a frequency response of 3.0 kHz or greater. They retain the <0.8% velocity measuring accuracy of the standard probes as well as the maximum incidence angle of 70° for seven-hole probes.
To suit the needs and budgets of different customers, we offer three different types of these probes. The most cost-effective model we offer is a steel probe which can withstand up to 600°C. We also offer a probe constructed of a nickel-based superalloy, which is capable of sustaining up to 900°C, and a platinum coated ceramic probe capable of operating in environments up to 1,250°C. None of these probes require cooling of any sort. Our high-temperature probes can be manufactured in the same geometries and sizes as our standard probes.
Unlike conventional probe designs with five or seven pressure ports on a conical tip, the Omniprobe is equipped with twelve ports on a spherical tip, allowing it a much greater incidence angle than our other probes. Though the probe shaft interferes with the readings, preventing it from being perfectly omni-directional, the Omniprobe is able to accurately measure flow in a 160° cone emanating from the tip. In short, the only time when the Omniprobe will not get accurate readings is if the flow is coming from the base of the probe and moving along the shaft.