The determination of gas turbine engine performance relies heavily on intrusive rakes of pilot tubes and thermocouples for gas path pressure and temperature measurement. For over forty years, Kiel-shrouds mounted on the rake body leading edge have been used as the industry standard to de-sensitise the instrument to variations in flow incidence and velocity. This results in a complex rake design which is expensive to manufacture, susceptible to mechanical damage, and difficult to repair.
This paper describes an exercise aimed at radically reducing rake manufacture and repair costs. A novel ’common cavity rake’ (CCR) design is presented where the pressure and/or temperature sensors are housed in a single slot let into the rake leading edge. Aerodynamic calibration data is included to show that the performance of the CCR design under uniform flow conditions and in an imposed total pressure gradient is equivalent to that of a conventional Kiel-shrouded rake.