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SELF-ASSEMBLED THIN FILM SENSORS FOR AQUACULTURE PROCESS CONTROL

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
18897
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
18897
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
American Research Corporation of Virginia
1509 Fourth Street P.O. Box 3406 Radford, VA 24143 0340
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: SELF-ASSEMBLED THIN FILM SENSORS FOR AQUACULTURE PROCESS CONTROL
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $220,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE RAPID INCREASE IN WORLD SEAFOOD PRODUCTION BY AQUACULTURAL PROCESSES HAS PLACED A COMPETITIVE BURDEN ON THE UNITED STATES FISHING AND FISH FARMING INDUSTRIES. ECONOMIC PRESSURES HAVE DICTATED THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH DENSITY CLOSED-CYCLE AQUACULTURE (HDCCA) UNIT OPERATIONS TO PROVIDE SEAFOOD PRODUCTS AT MINIMAL UNIT COST. QUALITY CONTROL IN HDCCA IS MANDATED BY THE COMPLEXITY OF WATER RECYCLING AND INTENSIVE FEEDING AND MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES. AT PRESENT, WATER QUALITY SENSORS ARE AVAILABLE, BUT NO SINGLE SENSOR OR GROUP OF SENSORS IS SATISFACTORY FOR CONTINUOUS MONITORING OF HDCCA UNIT OPERATIONS. TO REMEDY THIS SITUATION THIS PROPOSAL SUGGESTS THE DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF A NOVEL CLASS OF OPTICAL FIBER SENSORS FOR AQUACULTURE PROCESS MONITORING AND CONTROL. THE INNOVATION CONTAINED IN THIS PROPOSAL IS THE COMBINATION OF SELF-ASSEMBLED THIN FILM SENSORS WITH DYES THAT BOND CRITICAL CHEMICAL SPECIES IN HDCCA OPERATIONS. TECHNICAL OBJECTIVES INCLUDE EVALUATION OF SELF ASSEMBLED THIN FILMS FOR OXYGEN, AMMONIA AND NITRITE EVALUATION, DESIGN AND SPECIFICATION OF AN OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR HEAD AND FILTRATION SYSTEM, AND DEMONSTRATION OF AN ENGINEERING MODEL OF THE FIBER OPTIC SENSOR FOR EXTENSIVE TESTING DURING THE PHASE II PROGRAM.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Russell J Churchill
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

American Research Corp. Of VA
Po Box 3406 Radford, VA 24143

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