Transducer requirements for making true dynamic pressure measurements point to a miniature point-level sensing element that is exposed to the flow. Meeting this requirement, however, is often challenged by transducer size constraints, integration at the location of measurement, and packaging, especially when one considers applications in harsh environments where protection of the sensing element may be needed. As part of an effort towards the development of a high frequency pressure measurement device for use in harsh environments (ultra-high temperature), an investigation was performed to evaluate the effect of sensing element packaging and geometry at the point of measurement on the dynamic response of a nominal transducer. Frequency and time domain calculations were performed to assess variations on the magnitude and phase between an input signal and a “measured” signal at the sensing element location for a range of probe tip parameters. The results offer insights and metrics that can govern transducer sensing element and probe tip implementation for optimum frequency response and strategies for compensation.

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