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LWIR Fiber Bundle for Thermal Imaging in Gas Turbine Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-17-P-2026
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-016-0211
Amount: $149,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T016
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-08-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-05-25
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Micka
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution
 Clemson University
 Dr. Tanju Karanfil
230 Kappa Street Suite 200
Clemson, SC 29634
United States

 (864) 656-7701
 Nonprofit College or University

Improved temperature measurements of thermal barrier coating (TBC) components are needed for gas turbine research and development.Imaging pyrometry systems are preferred because they are non-contact and can measure the complex spatial temperature distribution on components.Measurement in the long-wave infrared (LWIR) band is required for accurate temperature measurements of modern TBCs.Fiber coupling will allow pyrometry systems to be widely employed, but no appropriate LWIR fiber-optic imaging bundles are available.In the proposed project, the Creare-led team will develop a flexible, high resolution fiber-optic imaging bundle with excellent transmission at LWIR wavelengths.We will also develop standardized coupling optics to integrate the LWIR fiber bundle hot side probes and commercial LWIR cameras.In Phase I, we will perform an initial design of the system and fabricate prototype LWIR fibers.In Phase II, we will produce new, small diameter LWIR fiber-optics and a fiber-optic imaging bundle.We will use this bundle to perform temperature measurements of TBC coated components.

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