Acoustic Emission Sensor for Maple Sap Collection in Syrup Production

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2017-33610-26747
Agency Tracking Number: 2017-00161
Amount: $99,979.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2017
Solicitation Year: 2017
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.12
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
38 CREDIT CT, White River Junction, VT, 05001-8131
DUNS: 832765197
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Xiaoqing Sun
 Principal Research Scientist
 (802) 291-9837
Business Contact
 June Wang
Title: Principal
Phone: (802) 291-9837
Research Institution
Maple syrup production is one of the heritages in New England as well as many other northern states of the country. In the United States, most maple syrup productions are in small and mid-sized farms, supporting many jobs. It is proposed to develop an acoustic sensor for improving collection of maple sap as raw material of maple syrup production. The sensor developed will replace the empirical determination of spout location by scientific approach, by which maple sap production will be improved. The significance of this Phase I study is to show that the acoustic emission signals can be detected from maple trees and the ones generated by sap flow can be identified, and that the significant features of the sap flow induced AE signals can be used for finding best location of spout to optimize the sap collection in maple syrup production. The Phase I study will also provide a solid experimental background for implementation of the proposed innovation in the Phase II development. In the Phase I effort, five tasks have been outlined. These are 1: Acoustic emission instrumentation development, 2: Laboratory AE tests, 3: Pre-season field experimental preparation, 4: Field Experiments and demonstration, and 5: Final report and Phase II proposal.

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