High Resolution Acoustic Groundwater Flow Monitor

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Amount:
$296,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
2005-33610-16470
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
2004-00277
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
130 Research Drive; Suite 300, Hampton, VA, 23666
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Heyman
 Chief Scientist
 (757) 224-0687
 submissions@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Heyman
Title: Chief Scientist
Phone: (757) 224-0687
Email: submissions@lunainnovations.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Luna Innovations will develop an enabling new technology to determine groundwater vector flow between well sites using acoustic propagation. The new capability is derived from Luna's patented ultrasonic phase-locked-loop research that will be scaled to operate at seismic frequencies appropriate for groundwater monitoring. The instrument will operate from small well bores to assess the dynamic and directional flow of water by using the properties of the water/soil itself under existing hydraulic loads. Changes in the flow dynamics will be measured over time to assess if natural or human interventions are altering the historic flow parameters. The instrument has the potential to become the standard for future measurements and fill a critical need to assess groundwater transport models. Applications include quantitative assessment of impact of aquifer pumping to meet agricultural requirements, surface/groundwater interface hydrophysics, and contamination transport for farming and water use management.

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