A Miniature Non-Contact Rail Temperature Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DTRT57-09-C-10040
Award Id:
90015
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRT57-09-C-10023
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1291 Cumberland Avenue, WEST LAFAYETTE, IN, 47906
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
944533009
Principal Investigator:
YudayaSivathanu
Technical Director
(765) 497-3269
Yudaya.Sivanthanu@enurga.com
Business Contact:
DeepaDivakaran
Business Manager
(765) 497-3269
deepa.divakaran@enurga.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract

The Phase I SBIR project will evaluate the feasibility of utilizing a low cost sensor to obtain rail temperatures from a moving train.  The two innovative parts of the proposed sensor are (1) a rugged four wavelenght high frequency sensor that accurately measures the natural radiation emitted by the rails, and (2) an advanced algorithm that provides a emissivity compensated temperature from these measurements.  There are three tasks that are planned for the Phase I research.  The three tasks are: (1) design and fabircation of a high frequency and multiple wavelength detector, (2) development of a rapid and robust temperature estimation algorith, and (3) a rigorous evaluation of the temperature sensor.  It is anticipated that the feasibility of the sensor will be demonstrated during the Phase I work.  A prototype sensor will be developed and evaluated during the Phae II work.  At the end of Phase II work, the sensor will be ready for commercialization.

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