Bloodhound - Live on Thursday 26th Oct at 12:45-13:45

Bloodhound - Live on Thursday 26th Oct at 12:45-13:45

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Find out where our sensors are used and for what purpose.

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GSposition 360 Rotary sensor - Front Winglets

GSposition 360 Rotary sensor - Front Winglets

Two 360 Rotary sensors are installed onto each of the front and rear winglets to monitor the winglet angle relative to the car body. The Winglets adjust the down force that the car creates in order to maintain stability and adjust the force created by the car on the desert surface during its runs.

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GSposition 25mm position sensor

GSposition 25mm position sensors - Front Suspension

Two 25mm position sensors are fitted to measure the front wheel suspension deflection in order to determine how deep the aluminium wheels have penetrated into the surface of the desert (Pan crust). Too much force on the pan crust will cause drag and slow down the car during the land speed record.

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GSposition brake stand-off position sensor

Brake stand-off Sensor

To ensure Andy accelerates safely, the engineers need to be 100% certain there is no contact between the brake pads and the brake discs. The brake stand-off sensor will provide vital information to the team to ensure Andy is safe to begin his run. Contact between the brake pad and brake disc will reduce the acceleration and potentially cause catastrophic brake failure.

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GSposition 20mm position sensor

GSposition 20mm position sensor - Brake & accelerator pedals

20mm sensors are installed on the vehicles brake and accelerator pedals as part of the fly-by-wire control system. When Wing Commander Andy Green depresses the accelerator pedal the 20mm sensor will send an electronic signal to the main vehicle computer to start the cars attempt at breaking the 1,000mph barrier. Once the car has reached 1,000mph Andy will depress the brake pedal and a signal from another 20mm sensor will reduce the car to a complete stop, finishing the run.

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GSlevel R-Series level sensor

GSlevel sensors - Coolant Tank

Two capacitive liquid level sensors are installed into the cars coolant tanks, placed on either side of the cockpit. These sensors measure the level of coolant is in the tanks to prevent the on-board computer systems from overheating.

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GSlevel Industrial Level Sensor

Industrial Liquid Level Sensor - HTP Tank

Used to accelerate the car from 400mph to 1,000mph, the 1000 Litre HTP (concentrated hydrogen peroxide) tank is emptied into the rocket in just 20 seconds.
HTP is an incredibly aggressive chemical and a special coating has been applied to the two Gill Industrial level sensors installed in the tank, to combat the effects of the HTP. Absolute reliability is required in this application as failure to know the HTP level, when in the desert, would mean that the team would have to pack up and come home.

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GSposition 360 position sensor

GSposition 360 Rotary sensor - Air brakes

Two 360 rotary sensors will be used on the air brake doors which will be used to slow the car down from 800mph to 400mph. The data from the sensors will provide the engineering team with the absolute angle of the doors relative to the car body and confirm when the doors are fully extended.

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GSposition 360 position sensor

GSposition 360 Rotary sensor - Rear Winglets

Two 360 Rotary sensors are installed onto each of the front and rear winglets to monitor the winglet angle relative to the car body. The Winglets adjust the down force that the car creates in order to maintain stability and adjust the force created by the car on the desert surface during its runs.

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GSposition 25mm position sensor

GSposition 25mm position sensors - Rear Suspension

Two 25mm position sensors are fitted to measure the rear suspension deflection in order to determine how deep the aluminium wheels have penetrated into the surface of the desert (pan crust). Too much force on the pan crust will cause drag and slow down the car during the attempt at achieving 1,000mph.

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GSposition brake stand-off position sensor

Brake stand-off Sensor

To ensure Andy accelerates safely, the engineers need to be 100% certain there is no contact between the brake pads and the brake discs. The brake stand-off sensor will provide vital information to the team to ensure Andy is safe to begin his run. Contact between the brake pad and brake disc will reduce the acceleration and potentially cause catastrophic brake failure.

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GSlevel RXL level sensor

GSlevel - 5l fuel bladder/tank

Three capacitive liquid level sensors will also be installed into the JET A1 fuel tank. The Jet fuel combined with the hydrogen peroxide will power the rocket systems. The capacitive level sensors, like the other sensors provide key information on the exact amount of fuel inside the tank and to ensure that there is the specific amount required for each run.

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GSlevel RXL level sensor

GSlevel - Aviation Fuel Tank for EJ200

Three capacitive liquid level sensors will also be installed into the JET A1 fuel tank. The Jet fuel combined with the hydrogen peroxide will power the rocket systems. The capacitive level sensors, like the other sensors provide key information on the exact amount of fuel inside the tank and to ensure that there is the specific amount required for each run.

19 measurement sensors are installed on the supersonic car measuring fuel level, hydrogen peroxide level, air brake door angle, suspension deflection, accelerator and brake to name a few. Chosen for their unrivalled reliability and high accuracy, our sensors ensure the car is operating as expected.

Our sensors are located around the car for a host of different purposes including:

All of the sensors installed within Bloodhound SSC need to endure the extreme temperatures and the dry and dusty environment generated by the South African lake bed, which is the chosen location for the record attempt.


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