Thin Film Shape Sensing and Visualization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-03-C-3311
Agency Tracking Number: 021VA-1852
Amount: $749,704.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
QORTEK, INC.
2400 Reach Road, Suite 204, Williamsport, PA, 17701
DUNS: 028856420
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gareth Knowles
 President
 (570) 322-2700
 gareth@qortek.com
Business Contact
 Cathy Brooke
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (570) 745-3555
Email: cathy@qortek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The sensor development in Phase II will build on the successful strain sensor array demonstration of Phase I to develop an autonomous operational and wireless sensor suite capability. The objective is to demonstrate that a low cost noninvasive sensor suitecan be developed with a wide range of application including embedded wireless communication conformal load bearing antenna structures and adaptive wing designs.The primary goal of in Phase II work will be to demonstrate thin film electronics as a new technology to fabricate many devices (sensors, actuators, antennas etc.) that can evolve into autonomous fully integrated multifunctional capability. The Phase IIfocus is demonstrate this new capability to hardware level that represents a non-invasive method of embedding desired functional capabilities in both metallic and composite aircraft vehicles and space structures.A part of this effort is to design a thin film wireless antenna system that will relay information gathered from a network of thin film sensors strategically placed on the wing of an aircraft to a central onboard location for processing. Embedded schemeswill be considered for both the sensor array technology and the supporting wireless antenna technology allowing them to be easily integrated together as a system.

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