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A SOIL MOISTURE SENSOR FOR USE IN POLAR REGIONS

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
5388
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
5388
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ophir Corp
10184 West Belleview Avenue, Suite 200 Littleton, CO 80127-1762
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: A SOIL MOISTURE SENSOR FOR USE IN POLAR REGIONS
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $40,000.00
 

Abstract:

A NEW AND POTENTIALLY VERY ACCURATE AND INEXPENSIVE CONCEPT OF SOIL MOISTURE MEASUREMENT IS PROPOSED. IT CAN DISCRIMINATE PERMAFROST FROM LIQUID MOISTURE IN SOIL. THE PROPOSED TECHNOLOGY CAN QUANTIFY TOTAL SOIL MOISTURE CONTENT IN VOLUMETRIC UNITS OF GRAMS PER CUBIC CENTIMETER. UNLIKE OTHER LOW COST TECHNOLOGIES, THE PROPOSED DEVICE IS THEORETICALLY INDEPENDENT OF SOIL TYPE, SOIL BINDING ENERGY, AND DISSOLVED MATTER CONDUCTIVITY ERRORS. IN PHASE I LABORATORY TESTS WILL BE CONDUCTED DEMONSTRATE THAT THE PROPOSED THEORY IS CORRECT AND THAT HARDWARE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROPOSED SOIL AND PERMAFROST MOISTURE MEASURING DEVICE IS POSSIBLE. PHASE II WILL BE DEVOTED TO DURABLE HARDWARE IMPLEMENTATIONS AND FIELD TESTS IN ARCTIC AND POLAR CLIMATES.

Principal Investigator:


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Business Contact:

Dr. Loren D. Nelson
President
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ophir Corpon
7333 West Jefferson Ave Suite 210 Lakewood, CO 80235

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