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Wireless SAW Sensor Strain Gauge&Integrated Interrogator Design

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Mnemonics, Inc.
3900 Dow Road, Suite J Melbourne, FL 32394-9255
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Wireless SAW Sensor Strain Gauge&Integrated Interrogator Design
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CB07C
Award Amount: $750,000.00


The proposed Wireless, passive, SAW sensor system operates in a multi-sensor environment with a range in excess of 45 feet. This proposed system offers unique features in two (2) important areas. The first is in the development of a new sensor type, a strain gauge that is based on OFC techniques and implemented with the low loss characteristics of SAW Unidirectional transducers. The second is in the design of an integrated interrogator system that has DSP-based embedded signal processing. Interrogator will also be capable of rapidly performing multiple interrogations which can them be used to make ibration measurements or averaged to extend the operational range of the system. This proposal extends the Phase I and previous work in two major areas; developing a SAW strain sensor, and dramatically increasing interrogation range, which is applicable to both the new strain sensors and the previously developed temperature sensors. In order to increase SAW sensor range, sensitivity and accuracy, the most important device parameters were identified and initial investigation begun in Phase I and will be put into practice in Phase II. To reduce SAW sensor loss and minimize multi-transit acoustic echoes, low loss unidirectional studies were initiated. Phase I produced three alternative low-loss approaches that will be evaluated in the Phase II work. Success will lower the insertion loss by approximately 15 dB, and multi-transit echoes are predicted to be less than -40 dB from the main signal; doubling the system range and reducing the sensors self-noise. Advanced coding techniques were investigated in Phase I that have led to longer delay path lengths, and shorter codes with less inter-sensor interference.During Phase II, the interrogator will improve the following critical capabilities: onboard-fully-integrated DSP, extended connectivity options to customer's computer, and rapid interrogation capabilities. This will allow vibration sensing and signal integration.

Principal Investigator:

Nikolai Kozlovski
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Al Calderone
Senior Contracts Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mnemonics, Inc.
3900 Dow Road, Suite J Melbourne, FL 32394-9255

EIN/Tax ID: 591959017
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Central Florida
12201 Research Pkwy., Suite 501
Orlando, FL 32816-3246
Contact: Matt Cronan