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Actively Cooled Infrared Sensor Window

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
29043
Program Year/Program:
1995 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
29043
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
TINI ALLOY CO.
1619 Neptune Drive San Leandro, CA 94577
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1995
Title: Actively Cooled Infrared Sensor Window
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $81,188.00
 

Abstract:

Adiabatic heating of sensor windows produces a background of infrared radiation which may overwhelm the incoming signal from the target. This background will be present at the sensor regardless of the material used in the window. We propose to control the temperature with a flow of coolant through the sensor regardless of the with a flow of coolant through the sensor window by intergrating an array of sensors and microvalves into the window. The proposal describes the integration of SMART materials and actuator structures. The goal is to demonstrate an active cooling system in the window of an infrared sensor. The research will focus on development of microfabricated actuators, flow channels, and electronic interconnects. The Phase I effort will strive to evolve designs and manufacturing methodologies, resulting in at least two deliverable prototypes for testing. The Phase II effort will focus on refining these methodologies into manufacturable hardware, and integrating them with sensors to complete a control system to maintain a uniform temperature profile.

Principal Investigator:

Dr A D Johnson
5104839676

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Tini Alloy Co, Inc.
1621 Neptune Drive San Leandro, CA 94577

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