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A Miniature Non-Contact Rail Temperature Sensor

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Department of Transportation
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2009 / 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: 2009
Title: A Miniature Non-Contact Rail Temperature Sensor
Agency: DOT
Contract: DTRT57-09-C-10040
Award Amount: $100,000.00


The Phase I SBIR project will evaluate the feasibility of utilizing a low cost sensor to obtain rail temperatures from a moving train.  The two innovative parts of the proposed sensor are (1) a rugged four wavelenght high frequency sensor that accurately measures the natural radiation emitted by the rails, and (2) an advanced algorithm that provides a emissivity compensated temperature from these measurements.  There are three tasks that are planned for the Phase I research.  The three tasks are: (1) design and fabircation of a high frequency and multiple wavelength detector, (2) development of a rapid and robust temperature estimation algorith, and (3) a rigorous evaluation of the temperature sensor.  It is anticipated that the feasibility of the sensor will be demonstrated during the Phase I work.  A prototype sensor will be developed and evaluated during the Phae II work.  At the end of Phase II work, the sensor will be ready for commercialization.

Principal Investigator:

Yudaya Sivathanu
Technical Director

Business Contact:

Deepa Divakaran
Business Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

En'Urga Inc.
1291 Cumberland Avenue WEST LAFAYETTE, IN 47906

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