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High Frequency Surface Pressure, Shear Stress and Heat Flux Measurements for…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
83334
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-014-0270
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Lambda Instruments, Inc.
840 University City Blvd. Suite 4 Blacksburg, VA 24060-2708
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: High Frequency Surface Pressure, Shear Stress and Heat Flux Measurements for High Temperature Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: Fa9550-09-C-0082
Award Amount: $749,445.00
 

Abstract:

The proposed optical fiber-based heat flux sensors possess many of the desired performance features for high-speed, high-temperature heat transfer studies for future Air Force hypersonic ground- and flight-test programs. During Phase I, motivated by the demand for robust instrumentation for aerodynamic heat transfer studies, Lambda Instruments, Inc., in cooperation with the Aerospace Engineering Department at Virginia Tech and Vatell Corporation, successfully demonstrated the feasibility of a new optical fiber-based heat flux sensor. The salient features of the prototype sensor include extremely high-temperature capability (approximately: 1273 K using silica fiber, 2323 K using sapphire fiber), small size (diameter < 0.02 ), and the potential for high-speed operation ( > 100 kHz). Based on Phase I theoretical and experimental results, the development team strongly believes that the current and projected performance features of the prototype sensor make it a strong candidate for continued development in Phase II and eventual commercialization. BENEFIT: In addition to the current Air Force heat flux sensor application Lambda foresees significant commercial market possibilities for such devices in industry and fire research, meteorology and soil, broadband radiology, building physics, and material science. Lambda proposes to investigate commercial development strategies for advanced high-temperature optical fiber heat flux sensors with Vatell Corporation. Lambda and Vatell envision a ready market for the proposed optical fiber-based heat flux sensors, primarily because of their potential to operate up to the 2000o F melting point of silica fiber and potential low cost.

Principal Investigator:

Jon Greene
Chief Technology Officer
5409531796
jgreene@lambdainc.com

Business Contact:

Jon Greene
Chief Technology Officer
5409531796
jgreene@lambdainc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Lambda Instruments, Inc.
840 University City Blvd Suite 4 Blacksburg, VA 24060

EIN/Tax ID: 541980160
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Virginia Tech
Office of Sponsored Programs
1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2006
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Contact: Joseph Schetz
Contact Phone: (540) 231-5281
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university