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Passive Sensor for the Detection of Hydrazine Leaks in Missile Canisters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-04-C-0025
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0172
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: BMDO02-003
Solicitation Number: 2002.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2002
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-03-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-03-17
Small Business Information
610 Jennifer Drive
Auburn, AL 36830
United States
DUNS: 020260985
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Howard Wikle III
 Senior Engineer
 (334) 887-3985
 wiklehc@mindspring.com
Business Contact
 Teresa Chin
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (334) 887-3985
Email: teresachin@mindspring.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The objective of this Phase II project is to complete the research required to deliver to the THAAD program for military qualification testing a low cost, easy to use, passive, nonreversible, MEMs based, chemiresistor sensor for the detection of hydrazine in missile canisters. The Air Force has set the maximum exposure limit to hydrazine at 10 ppb for an 8-hour period. A hydrazine sensor is needed to protect personnel from hydrazine leaks and insure the readiness of the THAAD missile. Seventy-five sensors were fabricated under the successful Phase I research effort. The sensor was demonstrated to be able to detect as little as 2 ppb to hundreds of ppm hydrazine with a rapid response time of less than a second. No degradation in the sensor response after 90 days of storage was measured. The sensor delivered for qualification testing will be capable of operating in two modes: 1) a storage monitoring mode where the sensor will monitor long-term levels of hydrazine to insure the integrity of the THAAD missile system and 2) an alarm mode to provide an instantaneous warning that a leak has occurred that could potentially endanger personnel.

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