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Ultra Harsh Environment Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) Sensor for Hypersonic Test Facilities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-19-C-0007
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-002-0105
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T002
Solicitation Number: 17.A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-02-25
Small Business Information
100 Remington Blvd
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
United States
DUNS: 078466424
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dean Modroukas
 (631) 793-8436
Business Contact
 Robert Bakos
Phone: (631) 793-8439
Research Institution
 Ohion State University
 Sunny Zong Sunny Zong
Office of Sponsored Programs 1960 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

 (614) 292-4342
 Nonprofit College or University

The YSZ Environment Sensing (YES) sensor is an electrochemical sensor that offers temperature, oxygen concentration and pressure measurement solution in ultra-harsh environments common in hypersonic ground test facilities. Its key component is the yttria-stabilized zirconia, which has a history of being utilized as a thermal barrier coating for jet engines, will survive elevated temperatures beyond 2500°C (4500°F) without internal cooling mechanisms compared to conventional water-cooled instrumentation and probes installed in these test facilities. In Phase I, our team has developed preliminary YES sensors using bulk YSZ and platinum that have demonstrated reliable temperature measurements up to 1200°C (2200°F) and oxygen concentrations up to 30% O2. Our proposed Phase II will continue to develop and refine the design and fabrication of the Phase I bulk YES sensors. To expand the sensor applicability, our team will also develop thin-film deposition techniques to create a thin-film YES sensor and investigate next generation electrodes that will survive up to and beyond 2200°C (4000°F). Phase II will also propose a design, fabrication and packaging effort to create a standalone sensor that can be installed into existing or newly fabricated hypersonic test hardware.

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