High Temperature Hypersonic Force Measurement System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-08-M-0006
Agency Tracking Number: F073-132-1100
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-132
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
840 University City Blvd, Suite 4, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
DUNS: 133461553
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jon Greene
 Chief Technology Officer
 (540) 953-1796
Business Contact
 Jon Greene
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (540) 953-1796
Email: jgreene@lambdainc.com
Research Institution
The use of electrical foil strain gages to measure aerodynamic loads on sting balances during wind tunnel testing has been extremely successful for relatively low temperature applications. Problems arise, however, in strain gages when the wind tunnel is operated at high temperatures. The bonding agent used to attach the sensor to the specimen often limits the maximum working temperature of the gage to below approximately 650º F. Another important disadvantage of the electrical foil gage is their sensitivity to electromagnetic interference (EMI). Previous work by AEDC and Virginia Tech investigated the ability to use optical fiber-optic based strain and temperature sensors in lieu of foil strain gages to improve wind tunnel force balance capabilities. Absolute optical fiber sensors were found to offer many advantages over conventional foil strain-gage technology (e.g., increased frequency response, increased temperature range, EMI immunity, multiplexing, and decreased size). During Phase I, Lambda Instruments, Inc. proposes to build upon previous successful results obtained by AEDC, Virginia Tech, and the Lambda PI to investigate the feasibility of extending the temperature rating of an optical fiber sensor-based force balance up to 900 ºF.

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