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Wide Range Flow and Heat Flux Sensors for In-Flight Flow Characterization

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CF55P
Agency Tracking Number: 090056
Amount: $99,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T2
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
144 Research Drive
Hampton, VA 23666
United States
DUNS: 840701445
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Arun Mangalam
 Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 Siva Mangalam
Title: Business Official
Phone: (757) 220-5040
Research Institution
 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1880 Pratt Drive, Suite 2006
Blacksburg, VA 24060-
United States

 (540) 231-5281
 Nonprofit College or University

The tracking of critical flow features (CFFs) such as stagnation point, flow separation, shock, and transition in flight provides insight into actual aircraft performance/safety. Sensing of these CFFs across flight regimes involves numerous challenges such as a wide temperature/pressure range from subsonic to hypersonic flows. Tao Systems, Mesoscribe Technologies and Virginia Tech propose to develop a novel direct-write sensor architecture for the in-flight measurement of skin friction and heat flux that is survivable to temperatures exceeding 1000 deg. C while simultaneously providing fast response necessary for real-time signal processing to obtain CFFs. As a consequence, this technology will extend the utility of CFFs for aeroservoelastic control from subsonic to supersonic and hypersonic flows, as well as provide test information from experiments in flight.

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