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Operational Sand and Particulate Sensor System for Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0388
Agency Tracking Number: N18A-023-0286
Amount: $129,945.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N18A-T023
Solicitation Number: 18.A
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-06-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-10-08
Small Business Information
7970 Cherry Avenue, Suite 303
Fontana, CA 92336
United States
DUNS: 163230142
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gregor Waldherr Gregor Waldherr
 Principal Engineer
 (855) 438-4258
Business Contact
 Hai Lin
Phone: (855) 435-4258
Research Institution
 University of California, Irvine
 Natalie Nodianos Natalie Nodianos
5141 California Avenue, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92697
United States

 (949) 824-8109
 Nonprofit College or University

Gas turbine engines with prolonged exposure to sand and dust are susceptible to component and performance degradation and ultimately engine failure. Hal Technology’s proprietary, compact, rugged, flush-mounted, fiber-optic sensor platform measures particulate size, size distributions, and concentration for real-time engine health monitoring. Our proposed sensor will use an innovative hybrid discrimination approach to incorporate material identification along with size, size distributions, and concentration while maintaining the form factor of the current sensor platform. We will use a systematic test matrix to demonstrate this advanced prototype sensor’s capabilities. The sensor platform performs non-intrusive particle measurements with a multiplexed sensor head that has implementation flexibility, reduced thermal management requirements, immunity to electromagnetic interference, and potentially low cost. Our sensor can be integrated into an engine control system to allow early warning of excessive dust loading and provide information to help manage the health and durability of an aero-turbine engine.

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