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Optical Fuel Leak Sensor for Missile Canisters

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
36020
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
36020
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MetroLaser, Inc.
22941 Mill Creek Drive Laguna Hills, CA 92653-1215
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Optical Fuel Leak Sensor for Missile Canisters
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $69,958.00
 

Abstract:

Fuel leaks inside missile canisters pose a significant risk to missile performance and nearby personnel. Electro-mechanical or electro-chemical sensors can potentially trigger ignition in the presence of high fuel concentrations. Therefore, there is a need for a new sensor technology that does not rely on electrical signals. We propose a feasibility study to determine the applicability of a sensor system that employs an entirely optical sensor head inside the missile canister, thereby eliminating the possibility of a sensor-induced explosion. The proposed sensor heads would be small lightweight, rugged and inexpensive. Several sensor heads could be interfaced to the light source and signal processor, thereby leading to a lower cost per measurement point. The results of the Phase I effort will be used to design a prototype commercial for Phase II development. The Phase II effort will involve field tests of the instrument at an Air Force site and the initiation of a commercialization program.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey Segall, Ph.d.
7145530688

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Metrolaser
18006 Skypark Circle #108 Irvine, CA 92614

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