This article describes the first experimental result of a simple but reliable optical monitoring system for optimization of thermal spray droplets. The system, which was used in the present experiment and the authors call as ''a pre-proto instrument'', consisted of a light collecting lens followed by a part for separating the light into two wavelengths, with the light of each wavelength guided into an avalanche photo-diode (APD) to be electronically detected. First, it was calibrated using a special purpose-built calibration system. Then, it was taken to a plasma spray gun for a field test, yielding a satisfactory first result. Based on this positive result, future plans of the project are discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mathematical Physics