A Small, Rugged, Accurate Bleed Flow Measurement System Based on a Novel Polymer Derived Ceramic MEMS technology.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,992.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-10-C-0326
Award Id:
98339
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-016-0396
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-016
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
515 Courtney Way Suite B, Lafayette, CO, 80026
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
128688111
Principal Investigator:
KevinHarsh
Senior Scientist
(303) 516-9075
kharsh@sporian.com
Business Contact:
MichaelUsrey
VP of Business Developmen
(303) 516-9075
musrey@sporian.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Modern weapon systems are being developed with real-time power available calculation and feedback capability for improved situational awareness. Bleed flow has a significant impact on the accuracy of these calculations, and currently fielded turbine engines have either no measurement capability or employ Venturi systems which are heavy, expensive, and suboptimal for high volume flows. Thus there is a need for a small, lightweight, low cost turbine engine compressor discharge bleed flow measurement system capable of efficient, in-situ, real-time measurement for high volume bleed flow applications. Accurate measurements of these bleed flows will enable accurate calculation of current power available, improving safety as well as optimizing mission planning and maintenance. Technical challenges for developing sensors for turbine engine applications lie in that the sensors have to survive extremely harsh working conditions, including high temperatures, elevated pressures, and corrosive/erosive environments. The objective of this proposed work is to develop small, low cost turbine engine compressor discharge bleed flow measurement system based on Sporian Microsystems proprietary silicon carbide nitride (SiCN) MEMS technology. Phase I work tasks will include: working with turbine engine OEMS to define requirements, sensor design evaluation, associated packaging design evaluation, and proof of principle feasibility testing.

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