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FIBER OPTIC SENSING ON AND WITHIN MATERIALS

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
27566
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
27566
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VT SENSING, INC.
VT SENSING, INC. BOX 978 RD2 UNDERHILL, VT 05489
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: FIBER OPTIC SENSING ON AND WITHIN MATERIALS
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $61,832.00
 

Abstract:

APPROXIMATELY 210 BILLION DOLLARS WAS SPENT IN 1992 ON CORROSION IN THE UNITED STATES. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CORROSION ENGINEERS, THIS IS ROUGHLY FOUR PERCENT OF THE GNP. MANY METHODS OF DETECTION HAVE BEEN DEVISED WITH SOME SUCCESS. HOWEVER, AS THE NUMBERS REVEAL, THE PROBLEM OF CORROSION IS FAR GREATER THAN THE SOLUTIONS DEVISED. THE CORROSION OF METALLIC STRUCTURAL MEMBERS OFTEN SEVERELY DAMAGES OR COMPROMISES THE ASSOCIATED STRUCTURAL SYSTEM. IF THE CORROSION IS DETECTED AT AN EARLY STAGE, REMEDIAL COST-EFFECTIVE PREVENTIVE ACTIONS CAN BE UNDERTAKEN. THE METHODS THAT RESEARCHERS ARE INVESTIGATING WILL HELP TO SOLVE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THAT CORROSION PRESENTS BY EARLY DETECTION AND REMEDIATION. IF A SAVINGS OF 0.1 PERCENT WERE REALIZED THIS WOULD REPRESENT A SAVINGS OF 210,000,000 DOLLARS IN THE UNITED STATES ALONE. THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SIMPLE, COST-EFFECTIVE MEANS OF DETECTING CERTAIN TYPES OF CORROSION EMPLOYING FIBER OPTICS IS BEING EXAMINED. THE MEANS BY WHICH THE DETECTION IS DONE CONSIST OF FIRST, A SIMPLE PEAK COLOR SHIFT CORROSION DETECTOR AND SECOND, A SOL-GEL EVANESCENT WAVE SENSOR.

Principal Investigator:

Timothy P Ambrose
8028994821

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Vt Sensing Inc.
Rd 2 Box 978 Underhill, VT 05489

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