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Wide Range Flow and Heat Flux Sensors for In-Flight Flow Characterization

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2010 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Tao of Systems Integration, Inc.
1100 Exploration Way Hampton, VA 23666
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Wide Range Flow and Heat Flux Sensors for In-Flight Flow Characterization
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CF55P
Award Amount: $99,968.00


The tracking of critical flow features (CFFs) such as stagnation point, flow separation, shock, and transition in flight provides insight into actual aircraft performance/safety. Sensing of these CFFs across flight regimes involves numerous challenges such as a wide temperature/pressure range from subsonic to hypersonic flows. Tao Systems, Mesoscribe Technologies and Virginia Tech propose to develop a novel direct-write sensor architecture for the in-flight measurement of skin friction and heat flux that is survivable to temperatures exceeding 1000 deg. C while simultaneously providing fast response necessary for real-time signal processing to obtain CFFs. As a consequence, this technology will extend the utility of CFFs for aeroservoelastic control from subsonic to supersonic and hypersonic flows, as well as provide test information from experiments in flight.

Principal Investigator:

Arun S. Mangalam
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Siva Mangalam
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Tao of Systems Integration, Inc.
144 Research Drive Hampton, VA 23666

EIN/Tax ID: 541700330
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2006
Blacksburg, VA 24060-
Contact Phone: 5402315281