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Flat Plate Erosion Sensor for Wind Eroding Mass

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83638
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2007-00386
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Paul Stockton-Sole Proprietor
RR 1 Box 38 Portland, ND 58274
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Flat Plate Erosion Sensor for Wind Eroding Mass
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2007-33610-17961
Award Amount: $80,000.00
 

Abstract:

This study will determine the feasibility and effectiveness of the new sensors design by comparative analysis of laboratory wind tunnel and field saltation data to that of existingvertically oriented sensors.The wind erosion sensor provides high resolution data of saltatingparticles allowingthe determination of threshold of movement i.e.,the wind energy required to cause particle movement.Existingsaltation sensors are positioned vertically above the surface at some height within the saltation layer.This vertical obstruction disturbs the aerodynamic medium by creatingturbulence and various other undesirable effects.The proposed saltation sensor is designed as a flat surface emulatingthe surface of the ground thus promotingnatural saltation activity, producingzero turbulence,eliminatingreverse direction particle activity from bouncingoff obstructingsensor surfaces and does not allow the creation of scouringeffects at the base of protrudingvertical sensors.There is a demand by erosion researchers for an inexpensive sensor of these attributes.Feasibility of this device can be accomplished through this effort coupled with our extensive background as the producer of the current research standard of erosion sensors.Furthermore,the proposed sensor can be produced for 1/2the cost of current saltation sensors.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Stockton
7017863375
sensit@polarcomm.com

Business Contact:

Paul Stockton
Owner
7017863375
sensit@polarcomm.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Paul Stockton-Sole Proprietor
RR 1 Box 38 Portland, ND 58274

EIN/Tax ID: 341405962
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No