Iranian Purdue Professor Revolutionizes Jet Engines

Saturday, November 17, 2007

An Iranian professor of mechanics at Purdue University of the United States has designed wireless sensors which, due to their delicacy in structure, can identify the smallest technical flaws in jet engines, which usually cause plane crashes.

Farshid Sadeqi, professor of mechanics at Purdue University, has fashioned the sensors in cooperation with his colleague, Proleus.

The sensors are a clear example of micro-electronic systems which have drawn attention from the US Air Force. The US Air Force is planning to use the new technology to prevent deadly flaws in jet engines.

Experts have noted that the sensors can be also used in civilian planes, automobiles and other moving systems having an engine. This is for the first time that the technology provided by Professor Sadeqi has been used in a complicated system like jet engine.

The sensors issue early warning about technical problems because they directly control temperature of the engine and related parts. At the same time, lubrication of sensors and measuring temperature of the lubricating agent is used to get accurate information about technical problems.

Researchers are using the new technology because the sensors are smaller and more reliable. At present, existing sensors can put up with temperatures of up to 410 degrees Fahrenheit and the US Air Force is trying to increase it to 570 degrees Fahrenheit.

Professor Sadeqi obtained his bachelor’s degree from University of Tennessee in 1979. He then obtained his master’s degree from the same university in 1981 before getting a doctorate in mechanical engineering from University of North Carolina in 1985.

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