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Instrumentation for hypersonic, air-breathing engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0154
Agency Tracking Number: F09B-T32-0142
Amount: $99,984.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF09-BT32
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-06-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2011-03-24
Small Business Information
1 Riverside Circle Suite 400
Roanoke, VA 24016
United States
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Davis
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 558-1696
Business Contact
 Shirley Evans
Title: Sr. Contract Administrator
Phone: (540) 961-6724
Research Institution
 CUBRC, Inc.
 Eric C Marineau
4455 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY 14225
United States

 (716) 204-5133
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Luna Innovations Incorporated and CURBC (Calspan – University of Buffalo Research Center) are proposing to develop miniature, high-speed, high-temperature, fiber-optic pressure sensors that will fill the void that currently exists between ground and flight test instrumentation. The sensors small size (ø 0.007”) and high-sensitivity (better than ±0.01 psi) combined with a high-speed fiber-optic demodulation system will enable data to be taken during short ground tests and the extended high-temperature performance enables the same sensors to be used for flight applications. During Phase I, Luna and CURBC will demonstrate the feasibility of the system through extensive modeling and laboratory testing. During Phase II the team will validate the system during ground testing of an appropriate engine component, demonstrating the performance of the sensors. BENEFIT: The proposed system has commercial applications for research and development of emerging propulsion and airframe designs. The sensors will aid researchers in measuring transition and high frequency aerodynamic effects that are currently un-measurable. The demodulation system will have a broad range of applications with sensors that are currently being developed for temperature, strain, and pressure measurements in the gas turbine and nuclear industries. While the system would be first developed for the military, it is expected that civilian research organizations, universities, and government laboratories will have a need for the technology. The data obtained from the system will enable safer and more efficient engine designs and monitoring of current engine system control parameters. Once flight qualified, the electronics will be applicable to the commercial aerospace sensing market for use as monitoring and control sensors in turbine engines.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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