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Self-Calibrating, Conformal Nanomembrane based Pressure Sensors for Embedded Sensing Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-18-P-0009
Agency Tracking Number: F18A-002-0090
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF18A-T002
Solicitation Number: 2018.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-15
Small Business Information
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136
United States
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Hang Ruan
 (540) 626-6266
 hruan@nanosonic.com
Business Contact
 Melissa Campbell
Phone: (540) 626-6266
Email: mcampbell@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
 Virginia Tech
 Dr. Wing Ng
 
Virginia Tech, MC 0238
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

 (540) 231-7274
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

This Air Force Phase I STTR program would develop self-calibrating, conformal nanomembrane (NM) based pressure sensors for embedded sensing applications, using SOI (Silicon on Insulator) NM techniques in combination with our pioneering nanocomposite materials.Such low-modulus, conformal nanomembrane sensor skins with integrated self-calibration, interconnect elements and electronic devices that can be applied to new or existing wind tunnel models for flow dynamics analysis, or to aerospace vehicles for real-time monitoring. Through a previous program, NanoSonic has demonstrated the feasibility of NM transducer materials for the measurement of high frequency dynamic shear and normal pressure. We will integrate NIST traceable standards and methodologies to the sensor skins. We will then fabricate the self-calibrating, conformal NM based pressure sensors using optimized materials. NanoSonic and our partners will perform complete analysis of sensor cross-sensitivities and noise sources to allow optimization of signal-to-noise ratio and practical sensor sensitivity. Support electronics will be optimized to acquire, multiplex, store and process raw sensor array and calibration data.

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