An apparatus and method are provided for monitoring wear of a component disposed within a fluid stream. The apparatus comprises at least one particle trap configured to capture particles from a fluid stream. The trap comprises a trapping medium having a minimum orifice size. The apparatus further comprises at least one sampler configured to divert at least a portion of the fluid stream through the trapping medium; and at least one sensor system configured to determine at least one flow characteristic in the apparatus. The method comprises flowing fluid from the stream through the apparatus described above, and determining the extent of wear in the component based on flow characteristic data obtained from the sensor system of the apparatus.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Jun 8 2006|