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Fiber Optic Temperature Sensors for Thermal Protection Systems

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
100070
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
T1.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation
2363 Calle Del Mundo Santa Clara, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Fiber Optic Temperature Sensors for Thermal Protection Systems
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CI02P
Award Amount: $99,995.00
 

Abstract:

Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation (IFOS) proposes an innovative fiber optic-based, multiplexable, highly ruggedized, integrated sensor system for real-time measurement and monitoring of temperature in an Ablative Thermal Protection System (TPS). Such measurement will allow for an effective estimation of temperature gradient and subsequent calculation of heat flux. IFOS will initially develop such a system for thermal monitoring in Small Probe applications. However, the technology will readily be applicable to other NASA vehicle applications where TPS is employed. The IFOS fiber optic sensors will incorporate Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs). These sensors are extremely light-weight, small, electromagnetically immune, and electrically passive. Multiple sensing FBGs can be fabricated on a single fiber for simplified design and reduced cost. The proposed fiber optic sensing technology is highly sensitive and accurate. It is also low-cost and lends itself to high-volume production. In the Phase I, IFOS will perform a feasibility study of its proposed temperature measurement and monitoring system.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Black
Principal Investigator
4085659000
rmjb@ifos.co

Business Contact:

Behzad Moslehi
Business Official
4085659004
bm@ifos.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation
2363 Calle Del Mundo Santa Clara, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 043703938
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
North Carolina State University
2701 Sullivan Drive, Suite 240 (Campus Box 7514)
Raleigh, NC 27695-7514
Contact: Stefanie D. Saunders