DISTRIBUTED FIBER OPTIC ICE DETECTION SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 8677
Amount: $49,796.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Geo-centers Inc
7 Wells Ave, Newton Centre, MA, 02159
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 JONATHAN F GRANT
 (617) 964-7070
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE FORMATION AND BUILDUP OF ICE ON OR IN OUTDOOR STRUCTURES IS A SIGNIFICIANT PROBLEM IN NORTHERN LATITUDES, OFTEN RESULTING IN DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND NEARBY OBJECTS. WOODEN SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR AEDC COOLING TOWERS ARE EXPOSED TO ICE BUILDUP THAT MUST BE DETECTED MANUALLY BEFORE CORRECTIVE OPERATING MODES CAN BE IDENTIFIED. A DISTRIBUTED FIBER OPTIC ICE DETECTION SYSTEM IS PROPOSED TO ALLOW AUTOMATION OF OPERATING MODES IN RESPONSE TO ICE BUILDUP. THE SYSTEM CONSISTS OF MULTIPLE ARRAYS OF SINGLE POINT SENSORS DEPLOYED OVER A LARGE AREA. NETWORKED NODES CONTROL THE ARRAYS AND REPORT THE LOCATION OF ICE FORMATION TO A MASTER CENTRAL CONTROL SYSTEM. THIS INFORMATION CAN THEN BE SENT TO AN OPERATOR OR CONTROL SYSTEM TO INITIATE PREVENTATIVE/CORRECTIVE ACTION. THE DISTRIBUTED FIBER OPTIC ICE DETECTION SYSTEM OFFERS A COST-EFFECTIVE MEANS TO DETECT AND PREVENT ICE BUILDUP ON AEDC COOLING TOWERS.

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