Fiber Optic Mass Flow Gauge for Liquid Cryogenic Fuel Facilities Monitoring and Control

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX07CA85P
Agency Tracking Number: 066381
Amount: $69,733.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: O2.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc.
575 McCorkle Blvd., Westerville, OH, 43082-8699
DUNS: 05181
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Philip Swinehart
 Principal Investigator
 (614) 891-2243
 pswinehart@lakeshore.com
Business Contact
 Philip Swinehart
Title: Business Official
Phone: (614) 891-2243
Email: pswinehart@lakeshore.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I proposal describes a fiber optic mass flow gauge that will aid in managing liquid hydrogen and oxygen fuel storage and transport. The increasing use of hydrogen as a fuel places the safety of facilities and personnel at the forefront of concern, making an explosion proof fiber optic system a desirable option. Further, the actual available fuel can depart significantly from the expected quantity due to variable boil-off and leak rates and inaccurate measurements. Measurement accuracy can be complicated by low gravity, stratification of the liquid density and temperature, the presence of a gas phase, the wetting of tank surfaces by the liquid and the lack of suitable sensors and instruments. The Phase II objective is to deliver a prototype that will withstand the high pressures and flow rates at liquid hydrogen and oxygen temperatures demanded by rocket propulsion systems.

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