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A Fire Detector for Monitoring Inaccessible Areas in Aircrafts

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
En'Urga Inc.
1201 Cumberland Ave. West Lafayette, IN 47906-1385
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: A Fire Detector for Monitoring Inaccessible Areas in Aircrafts
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC06CA47C
Award Amount: $70,000.00


En'Urga Inc. will evaluate the feasibility of utilizing reflected, multi-wavelength, near infrared radiation for detecting fires in inaccessible areas within aircraft. The two key issues that will be addressed during the proposed work are: (1) the feasibility of obtaining near infrared radiation signatures from inaccessible areas through multiple internal reflections within the enclosure, and (2) the feasibility of decoding the signatures with sufficient fidelity so as to eliminate false alarms. Three Phase I tasks are planned to address the feasibility of the proposed project. The first task is to design and fabricate a system for obtaining near infrared radiation signatures within an instrument rack, representative of the inaccessible areas in aircrafts. The second task is to develop a fire detection system that readily discriminates between real fires and false alarms. The final task is to evaluate the system in a laboratory. It is anticipated that at the end of the Phase I work, the feasibility of utilizing reflected near infrared radiation for uniquely distinguishing fires would have been demonstrated. For Phase II work, a prototype, low cost and low weight system will be fabricated and evaluated both at En'Urga Inc. and at the microgravity facilities at the NASA Glenn Research Center.

Principal Investigator:

Jongmook Lim
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Deepa Divakaran
Business Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

En'Urga Inc
1291-A Cumberland Avenue West Lafayette, IN 47906

EIN/Tax ID: 351925571
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No