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Fiber Optic Detonation Sensor

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Fiber Optic Detonation Sensor
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W31P4Q-11-C-0211
Award Amount: $702,531.00


Addressing the Army need for an innovative sensor to accurately measure the detonation properties of explosives and propellants, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) developed in Phase I a new Fiber Optic Detonation Sensor (FIODS) system. Based on a novel combination of fiber optic sensors for velocity, pressure, and temperature, the FIODS system consists of fiber optic probes inserted into/attached to the explosive under test, and the remote processing that detects and processes the optical signals continuously at microsecond timescales. In Phase I, POC designed and developed FIODS probes that can safely attach to explosive materials and experimentally demonstrated the feasibility of using fiber optic sensors to measure blast wave parameters. In Phase II, POC will design, fabricate, package, test, and demonstrate a FIODS that can be safely embedded into an energetic material to support measurement of the blast wave parameters. The Phase II testing of FIODS system will include measurements of the detonation wave propagation parameters of explosives at the Redstone Arsenal range administered through the vendor. POC will use the Phase II FIODS system to characterize existing propellants and explosives to demonstrate the ability to obtain accurate and reliable data that can be used to validate theoretical models.

Principal Investigator:

Juan Hodelin
Group Leader
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
20600 Gramercy Place Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No