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

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$69,733.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX07CA85P
Agency Tracking Number:
066381
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
05181
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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