Development of Novel, Optically-Based Instrumentation for Aircraft System Testing and Control

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX07CA43P
Agency Tracking Number: 060570
Amount: $99,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: T2.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
#19 Loveton Circle, Hunt Valley Loveton Center, Sparks, MD, 21152-9201
DUNS: 064894157
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Pranay Sinha
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 726-4858
Business Contact
 Diane Murray
Title: Business Official
Phone: (512) 303-2362
Research Institution
 Rutgers University
 Not Available
 98 Brett Road, D-103 Engineering Building
Piscataway, NJ, 08854
 (732) 445-0504
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
We propose to develop a compact, robust, optically-based sensor for making temperature and multi-species concentration measurements in aircraft system ground and flight test environments. This system will utilize a widely tunable near infrared light source to make absorption measurements of gas constituents in the propulsion system (combustion reactant and products in the combustion zone, with accuracy from 100-1000 ppm), aircraft cabin air, and fuel tank/on-board gas generator systems. The light source will be able to continuously tune from 0.4 to 2.3 microns while maintaining a narrow bandwidth of 0.01 cm-1 using a novel combination of acousto- and electro-optically controlled devices. The rapid tunability of this light source will obviate the need for dense multiplexing of multiple wavelengths as signals can be multiplexed in time while maintaining fast temporal response. Furthermore, the wide spectral bandwidth allows for the selection of the optimum absorption transitions, without regard for the commercial availability of narrow bandwidth diode lasers. The proposed instrumentation will be environmentally rugged, with the ability to withstand extreme ranges of temperature, humidity, vibration and shock conditions. Further, the system will possess auto-calibration capabilities, fast response time (few microseconds) and can be battery operated.

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