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Minimally-Intrusive Real-Time Temperature and Composition Sensor for Combustor Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-20-C-9230
Agency Tracking Number: F2-0019
Amount: $1,612,102.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF00-199
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-12-10
Small Business Information
251 18th Street S Suite 705
Arlington, VA 22202
United States
DUNS: 053885604
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Josh Gullett
 Chief Technologist, Modular Radar/RF Solutions
 (256) 203-7537
Business Contact
 Uri Bernstein
Phone: (310) 754-4211
Research Institution

An innovative, minimally intrusive temperature and composition sensor concept, proven in Phase I, will be developed into a prototype and tested in a high-pressure combustor in Phase II. The sensor, designed to monitor the hot gas stream at the turbine inlet in advanced, high performance turbine engines, uses passive fiber-optical probes and a remote readout device to collect and analyze the spatially resolved spectral signature of the hot gas in the combustor/turbine flowpath. Advanced information processing techniques are used to extract the average temperature, temperature pattern factor, and chemical composition on a sub-second time scale. An option task is also proposed to extend the approach to measure the radial temperature profile in the flow path.The proposed approach should provide a real-time temperature and chemical species sensing capability for multiple-point monitoring of the high-temperature and high-pressure gasses at the combustor exit. It will have application as an engine development diagnostic tool, as a sensor for an engine control system, and ultimately, as a real-time active control component for high performance gas turbines.

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