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A MINIATURE SEPARATION SENSOR FOR WIND TUNNEL MODELS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
14985
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
14985
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
OPTRA, Inc
461 Boston Street Topsfield, MA 01983-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: A MINIATURE SEPARATION SENSOR FOR WIND TUNNEL MODELS
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,910.00
 

Abstract:

THIS PROPOSAL DESCRIBES A NON-CONTACTING SENSOR FOR MEASURING THE DISTANCE BETWEEN ARTICLES LOCATED IN A HYPERSONIC WIND TUNNEL. THE SENSOR SIZE IS 5-INCHES LONG X 0.1-INCH DIAMETER AND ITS RESOLUTION IS 0.002 -INCH. THE BASIC PRINCIPLE USED IS PHASE SENSITIVE OPTICAL RADAR: A LASER DIODE IS MODULATED AT 1000 MHZ AND LASER RADIATION REFLECTED FROM A TARGET OBJECT IS DETECTED. THE PHASE OF THE DETECTED MODULATION IS A LINEAR FUNCTION OF THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE SENSOR AND THE REFLECT ING TARGET-ONE CYCLE OF PHASE FOR EACH 5.9-INCHES OF SEPARATION. OPTRA HAS DEVELOPED A ROBUST TECHNIQUE (HARDWARE + FAST ALGORITHMS) FOR MAKING SUCH PHASE MEASUREMENTS WITH A RESOLUTION OF 1/3000-CYCLE, OR DISTANCE RESOLUTION OF 0.002-INCH. IT IS PROPOSED TO USE OPTICAL FIBERS TO LINK THE SENSOR PROBE TO THE DATA-PROCESSING MODULE, SO THAT THE PROBE WILL CONTAIN ONLY PASSIVE ELEMENTS AND CAN BE MADE TO WITHSTAND HIGH TEMPERATURES. THE SPECIFIED RANGE OF THE PROBE IS 0 TO 1-INCH, ALTHOUGH WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE A WORKING RANGE OF AT LEAST 0 TO 2-INCHES. IN ADDITION TO ITS UTILITY IN WIND-TUNNEL MEASUREMENTS, OPTRA EXPECTS THAT SUCH A SENSOR WILL FIND WIDE APPLICATION AS AN INDUSTRIAL SENSOR, PARTICULARLY IN PROCESS AND MANUFACTURING CONTROL APPLICATIONS.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Hercher
Principal Investigator
5089212100

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Optra Inc
66 Cherry Hill Drive Beverly, MA 01915

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