Optical Sensing and Control of Polymer Processing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$74,278.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
SB1341-02-W-1131
Agency Tracking Number:
7.09.04
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Chemical ElectroPhysics Co. Inc.
705 Yorklyn Road, Hockessin, DE, 19707
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
945206183
Principal Investigator:
Michael McBrearty
President
(302) 234-8206
mm@cep-corp.com
Business Contact:
Michael McBrearty
President
() -
mm@cep-corp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A NIST/industry consortium identified accurate temperature distribution measurements, as one of the major technical needs of polymer processors. NIST developed a way to make spatially resolved temperature measurements. Add a small amount of dye. During processing, focus UV illumination onto a small volume element of the process material. Use the ratio of the resulting fluorescent intensities at two wavelengths to determine the temperature. Move the focal point up and down to construct temperature profiles. The proposed Phase 1 would evaluate the feasibility of this technology for meeting the stated need. We would build a prototype with improved spatial resolution, motorized positioning and a spectrometer rather than filters for detection. Results would include the prototype, a characterization of its performance, range of operation and the influence of process and material conditions, and a comparison with the needs of industry. A negative outcome in Phase 1 would imply that some fundamental limitation exists. A positive outcome would imply that the technology can probably meet industry's needs.

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