DISTRIBUTED FIBER OPTIC ICE DETECTION SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$49,796.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
8677
Agency Tracking Number:
8677
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7 Wells Ave, Newton Centre, MA, 02159
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
JONATHAN F GRANT
(617) 964-7070
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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