A Miniature Non-Contact Rail Temperature Sensor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-09-C-10040
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-09-C-10023
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 081FR2
Solicitation Number: DTRT5708RSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-03-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-09-12
Small Business Information
1291 Cumberland Avenue, WEST LAFAYETTE, IN, 47906
DUNS: 944533009
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yudaya Sivathanu
 Technical Director
 (765) 497-3269
Business Contact
 Deepa Divakaran
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (765) 497-3269
Email: deepa.divakaran@enurga.com
Research Institution

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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