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Embedded Pressure Sensors for Automation and Control of Fluid Valves

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Department of Defense
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
QorTek, Inc.
1965 Lycoming Creek Road, Suite 205 Williamsport, PA 17701-1251
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Embedded Pressure Sensors for Automation and Control of Fluid Valves
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00024-06-C-4127
Award Amount: $399,973.00


The central purpose of the Program is to demonstrate an entirely new low cost, high performance differential pressure sensor system for marine flow valves that introduces important advantages over existing marine pressure measurement devices and valve flow control systems. The new technology would meet virtually all the U.S. Navy needs in pipe flow monitoring, at a significantly reduced investment cost to the Navy. Because these new devices will shrink the present dimensions needed for flow (differential pressure) measurement, it should be relatively straightforward to replace/upgrade most existing pressure measurement products supplied to the Navy, on a one-for-one replacement basis. The new technology will also introduce more accurate sensor measurement capability than is presently available with the present thin film, foil or piezo resistive sensor techniques. The manufacture is a low cost production process that can easily be geared from low custom production to mass output. The devices exhibit no hysteresis or cyclic drift, is essentially EMI/RFI immune, and can endure unexpected short term (e.g. water-hammer shock) and long duration overpressures of many tens of thousand of psi without performance deterioration. Due to its unique material construction, these new sensors can be easily modified as to measure anything from small pressure intervals to large pressure excursions of many hundreds of psi. It is easy to color code the sensors for inventory purposes at no extra cost.

Principal Investigator:

Gareth J. Knowles
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Cathy A. Brooke
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

1965 Lycoming Creek Road Suite 205 Williamsport, PA 17701

EIN/Tax ID: 232954664
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No