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This article presents a Siren Disk proof of concept for the dynamic excitation of pressure probes, and a method to reconstruct distorted signals due to pneumatic channels. Constraints in sensor installation require placing a pressure transducer distant from the measurement point. The transducer is usually connected through a pneumatic channel – creating a probe, which alter its dynamic response. The Siren Disk is used for the identification of transfer functions of different pressure probe geometries. The device is capable of producing pressure signals up to 10 kHz and 3.5 bara (peak-to-peak = 2.5 bars). The transfer function is obtained through the comparison of the probe signal to a flush mounted reference transducer that is subjected to the same pressure signal. The response of the probes was shown to be highly non-linear. Hence, a multi-dimensional transfer function is developed for the system identification of the probes. The function is based on the Fourier series, and consists of a set of sub transfer functions describing the average gain and phase lag for the offset and the harmonics. The approach is well suited to capture the non-linear frequency response of complex sensor installations. Experiments show that the flat response of transducers is jeopardized by the introduction of the low pass filter behavior from the pneumatic channels. The probe’s signal was significantly distorted compared to the reference signal. The inverse transfer function is used to reconstruct the probe’s signal in the time domain. Good agreement is found between the reconstructed and the reference signals even at excitation frequencies beyond the probe’s resonant frequency. Hence, highlighting a wide range of validity for the proposed method.

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