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Innovative TBC Blade Imaging System for Surface Temperature Mapping

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67866
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-288-1264
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108-3728
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Innovative TBC Blade Imaging System for Surface Temperature Mapping
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9101-04-M-0014
Award Amount: $99,863.00
 

Abstract:

Sensors are vital during advanced turbine engine development testing. Sensor data expedite engine development programs and bring new advanced propulsion and ground-power engines to market sooner. Ceramic thermal barrier coating (TBC) on first-stage turbine blades is now a vital component of advanced engines under development for future military aircraft, protecting the underlying metal alloy blades from extreme combustion temperature in these high-performance engines. TBC must be proven as a reliable prevention of blade failure, but current engine development programs are mired since there is not a sensor available to map the surface temperature of TBC blades during engine operation. In fact, the engine sensor community has identified surface temperature mapping of TBC blades as the highest priority sensor development need. This phase I project will demonstrate proof-of-concept for an optical system that will provide for high resolution TBC blade imaging and surface temperature mapping. Designed to integrate with a XTC67 engine probe, a lens system with a coherent waveguide bundle and a focal-plane-array camera will be assembled. The operational spectral region will deviate from traditional metal blade radiation thermometers to exploit optical properties of both TBC and gases in the high-temperature, high pressure environment to minimize interferences in the field-of-view.

Principal Investigator:

James R. Markham
Chief Executive Officer
8605289806
jim@AFRinc.com

Business Contact:

James R. Markham
Chief Executive Officer
8605289806
jim@AFRinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADVANCED FUEL RESEARCH, INC.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108

EIN/Tax ID: 061016313
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No