HIGH BANDWIDTH ACCELEROMETER FOR SHOCK ENVIRONMENTS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9749
Amount: $538,327.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1991
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7 Wells Ave, Newton Centre, MA, 02159
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bruce N Nelson
 (617) 964-7070
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE PHASE I EXPERIMENTAL EFFORT WILL DEMONSTRATED THE FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPING A RUGGED HIGH BANDWIDTH FIBER OPTIC BASED ACCELEROMETER FOR USE IN SHOCK ENVIRONMENTS. THE PROPOSED EFFORT WILL SEEK TO DEVELOP AN ACCELEROMETER WITH WIDE MEASUREMENT BANDWIDTH CAPABILITY AND INCREASED RUGGEDNESS COMPARED TO PRESENTLY AVAILABLE PIEZOELECTRIC AND PIEZO-RESISTIVE ACCELEROMETERS. THE PHASE I EFFORT WILL QUANTIFY THE EFFECT OF GLASS SAMPLE GEOMETRY ON THE PERFORMANCE CAPABILITIES OF A FIBER OPTIC ACCELEROMETER. A PROTOTYPE FIBER OPTIC ACCELEROMETER WILL BE DESIGNED, FABRICATED AND EVALUATED AS PART OF THE PHASE I PROGRAM. THE SENSOR OFFERS IMMUNITY TO THE EFFECTS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE AND ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE, AND A SENSOR OUTPUT THAT IS DIRECTLY COMPATIBLE WITH FIBER OPTIC DATA TRANSMISSION LINES. THE USE OF A SUM-DIFFERENCE OUTPUT DETECTION SCHEME WILL PROVIDE IMMUNITY TO SOURCE LIGHT INTENSITY VARIATIONS, OPTICAL FIBER MICROBENDING LOSSES AND THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF RADIATION DARKENING.

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