Ullage Compatible Optical Sensor for Monitoring Safety Significant Malfunctions

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC04CA37C
Agency Tracking Number: 033307
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A1.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
25970 Eshelman Avenue, Lomita, CA, 90717-3223
DUNS: 114060861
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kisholoy Goswami
 Principal Investigator
 (310) 530-4974
Business Contact
 Latika Datta
Title: Business Official
Phone: (310) 530-4974
Email: latika.datta@innosense.us
Research Institution
The tasks of this Phase I proposal are designed to establish the feasibility of an optical sensor for real-time, in situ monitoring of the ullage environment of an aircraft fuel tank. This all-optical fuel tank ullage sensor (FTUS) will be unaffected by fuel splashing and sulfur deposits on the sensor. By combining an innovative oxygen and temperature sensor, this project will enable NASA to offer technologies to monitor the performance of OBIGGS (on-board inert gas generating system). In commercial application, it is imperative that an on-board sensor is in place to identify if OBIGGS, which is safety related, is malfunctioning. FTUS represents a platform technology, which can be used across NASA enterprises, where sensitive monitoring of the ambient environment is required. By using single mode optical fiber in the design, ISL will address size, weight, and cost concerns of the aircraft industry. Tasks are proposed to demonstrate the sensor?s ultrahigh sensitivity and immunity to fuel splashes and deposits of sulfur compounds. To assure success, ISL has assembled a project team having a cumulative 60 person-years of experience in the development of opto-chemical sensors.

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